Alex Bowman’s car problems solved, rain sweeps Daytona practice By Reuters

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The last two practice sessions for the season-opening Daytona 500 were washed away by rain on Saturday. Polesitter Alex Bowman was among the drivers looking to fix problems Saturday, the day before NASCAR’s biggest race. Bowman was unable to do a lap around the 2 1/2 mile track at Daytona International Speedway, but managed to get his car on the track. Bowman and his team were trying to identify why the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was having power issues and they felt the problem was resolved. “We had a vibration problem that we had to investigate,” crew chief Greg Ives told reporters. “We initially thought it was an engine problem, but luckily it wasn’t. The team was able to diagnose and fix it. We didn’t practice much today, but Alex felt everything was fine.” His teammate William Byron also had a problem after crashing in Friday’s Duel race, and a backup Chevrolet is being prepared to run. Byron was scheduled to start the race at No. 2, but will be forced to fall near the rear of the group due to the vehicle change. “He’s been fast every time he’s been on the track, and I think he will be fast again when we get to the race tomorrow,” Byron said of the replacement vehicle. “We were still able to learn a lot in the Duel race about what we need for a set-up and what we need in terms of safe handling.” Although we took a chance by running ahead during the Duel, those laps led only helped us learn more. Obviously, we didn’t want to go into a backup car, but I think we’re still in a really good spot for the 500. We’ll definitely be ready to go. ”Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. are among the other drivers switching to cars from career endorsement (Field Level Media)

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