Danica Patrick, approaching her final Daytona 500, turned in a blistering practice time on Friday, by running fifth with a time of 199.406. Now, running fifth in practice may not seem like a big deal, but remember, Patrick is riding in a car and for a team — Premium Motorsports — that isn’t expected to do well. She’s also starting in the 14th row, way back in the pack.

But at least, for a day, she showed some speed.

Joe Gibbs drivers finished one-two, with Daniel Suarez (199.840) besting Denny Hamlin (199.743 mph).  Martin Truex Jr. was third (199.694 mph), and David Ragan  fourth (199.650)

Danica Patrick surprised everyone in Friday’s Daytona 500 practice Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
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