Busch Biffle Fastest In Practice

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Rookie Kyle Busch posted the fastest lap in the lone practice session for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway. Busch ran his fast lap of 168.798 mph on his 55th and final lap of the session.

Ryan Newman, who won the pole at Darlington in August, 2003, was second in the Alltel Dodge with a lap of 168.654 mph.

Two more former Darlington polesitters, the teammates of Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne, were third and fourth respectively. Travis Kvapil rounded out the top-five with his lap of 166.794 mph.

Mike Bliss crashed his No. 0 Chevrolet in Turn 2 while running third. His lap of 165.131 mph ended-up 12th best. Bliss will now go to a brand new back up car that was tested at Kentucky.

"We were in qualifying trim when we wrecked," said Bliss. "We feel like our primary car was good and we should be able to apply all that to the back up."

Jimmie Johnson, who swept Darlington last year, was 20th fastest at 164.860 mph. He still remains to be in the spotlight for the events that happened at Talladega.

"I told him (Johnson) not to read too many newspapers or watch to much TV that had to do with it because you can't get caught up in it," said Johnson's teammate Jeff Gordon, who was 15th fastest. "There are times when you just need to stay focused on your own program and not let those things affect you."

In the morning, Greg Biffle paced the practice session for the NASCAR Busch Series with a lap of 166.411 mph.

Kenny Wallace was second fastest in the Stacker 2 Ford. His fast lap of 166.337 mph came on the second of the 35 laps he posted in the session.

Brian Vickers, who is attempting to make his first start since his championship season in 2003, was third quick at 165.581 mph in the No. 57 Pizza Hut Chevrolet. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson was fourth followed by the ST Motorsports teammates of Jon Wood and Robert Pressley.

Qualifying for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. (ET). The Cup Series will then qualify at 5:10 p.m. (ET).

Office Depot Names Winner
Today Office Depot named Fort Bend Lock & Key of Houston, Tx. the first-ever "Official Small Business of NASCAR."

Owned by Corey and Taryn Reynolds, Fort Bend Lock & Key currently provides locksmith service by supplying locks and keys and installing hardware for more than 20 clients throughout the Houston area.

Driver Carl Edwards and car owner Jack Roush were on hand to unveil the company logo on the No. 99 Ford, which will be driven in Saturday night's Cup event.

"I'm happy to have the Fort Bend Lock & Key logo on my car, but I'm glad it's on the back of the No. 99 because I already put a 'Darlington stripe' on the side," said Edwards, who was sixth in practice. "I don't want to mess up the logo in their first race."

Fort Bend Lock & Key was chosen from 100,000 entries since the promotion began back in February.

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