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Ty Dillon, Stenhouse top 203 mph to lead first Daytona 500 practice

AUTO: NOV 03 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - AAA Texas 500

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon (13) walks through the crowd during driver introductions before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on November 03, 2019 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Ty Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were fastest in the first of two NASCAR Cup practice sessions for the Daytona 500 Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon led the 43 drivers that took to the 2.5-mile superspeedway with a speed of 203.592 mph. Stenhouse clocked a best speed of 203.192 mph.

Defending Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin was third-fastest (202.684 mph), followed by Erik Jones (202.525 mph), who was fastest in the final Busch Clash practice earlier in the day, and Martin Truex Jr. (203.379 mph).

Sixth through 10th were Christopher Bell (202.293 mph), defending Cup Series champ Kyle Busch (202.188), Daniel Suarez (202.152), David Ragan (202.097) and Matt DiBenedetto (201.902).

The second practice will take place later this afternoon from 3 to 3:50 p.m. ET.

Daytona 500 first practice results

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