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Practice 3 results for Daytona 500 as McDowell tops 200 mph

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Michael McDowell, driver of the #59 Thrivent Financial Chevrolet, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Michael McDowell, driver of the #59 Thrivent Financial Chevrolet, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Michael McDowell paced the first of two 45-minute practices Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway in advance of Thursday's Can-Am Duel qualifying race.

McDowell, one of eight drivers trying to qualify for the final four spots in the Daytona 500 field, set a fast lap of 200.173 miles per hour in the No. 59 Thrivent Financial/KLOVE Chevrolet.

Right behind McDowell were all three Roush Fenway Racing Fords, with Trevor Bayne leading Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Casey Mears completed the top five.

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As expected, it was a conservative session, as drivers are trying to protect their primary cars for the qualifying races and more importantly, Sunday's Daytona 500.

Tonight's second and final session runs from 6:10-6:55 p.m. and will be televised life on FS1.

Five cars will start the Can-Am Duels from the rear of the field: Martin Truex Jr., who did not make a qualifying attempt; Stewart-Haas Racing drivers Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers had their qualifying times disallowed for track-bar violations; and Bayne and Biffle for gear changes.

Check out the complete results from the practice here: