Bliss Leads Draft Day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Mike Bliss led Thursday's drafting session at NASCAR "Pre-Season Thunder" in Daytona, a day that saw the morning test washed away by heavy rain showers.

Bliss, who takes over the CNC-Haas Racing Chevrolet full-time in 2005, led the afternoon and evening session with a lap of 186.959 mph.

Jamie McMurray in the Ganassi Racing Havoline Dodge was second quick with a top lap of 186.459 mph.

Last year's Daytona 500 pole winner Greg Biffle had the third best time on Thursday in the Roush Racing No. 16 Ford with a lap of 186.189 mph.

Thursday was the final day of the opening week of testing at Daytona for the odd number Nextel Cup teams. The Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series both roll into Daytona this weekend before the Cup Series even-numbered point finishers test beginning next Tuesday.

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