Under caution: Few use allotted practice time at Daytona Thursday

Kyle Larson topped Thursday's lone Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway, in which only five cars took to the track. 

Jared C. Tilton

NASCAR schedule a one hour, 25 minute final practice before Thursday’s Budweiser Duel qualifying races, but few teams took advantage of the track time.

While most crews spent the day preparing their cars for the Budweiser Duel qualifying races, only five cars took advantage of the session and actually it the track.

Sophomore driver Kyle Larson ran a total of 17 laps, shaking down his car after suffering damage in Wednesday’s crash in practice.

"We were going to do pretty much what we did today yesterday, but we got caught up in that drafting wreck yesterday and caught a little bit of the grass," Larson told FOXSports.com. "My guys fixed it up over the night and just trying to make sure everything’s 100 percent."

"We’ll go out in the Duels tonight and see how it drafts. Hopefully we finish well so we can get a premium starting spot for the (Daytona) 500. It should be a pretty entertaining race," he said of Thursday night’s Duel. "I know we’ll probably be more patient the first half, then the second half should be pretty wild."

Cole Whitt, Michael Annett, J.J. Yeley and Jeb Burton also took part in Thursday’s lone session. Annett, Yeley and Burton each spent the session shaking down their backup cars after wrecks either in Sunday’s group qualifying session or Wednesday’s first practice.