Found February 23, 2013 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. led the way with a lap of 45.319 seconds in the final practice for the Daytona 500 from Daytona. Rounding out the top five was David Gilliland, Clint Bowyer, Marcos Ambrose, and Aric Almirola. Pos # Driver Team Time Behind 1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 45.319 Leader 2 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 45.358 -0.039 3 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 45.399 -0.080 4 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 45.421 -0.102 5 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 45.446 -0.127 6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 45.485 -0.166 7 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 45.533 -0.214 8 55 Mark Martin Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 45.534 -0.215 9 56 Martin Truex Jr NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 45.573 -0.254 10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Best Buy Ford 45.584 -0.265 11 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 45.586 -0.267 12 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 45.742 -0.423 13 36 JJ Yeley Golden Corral Chevrolet 45.914 -0.595 14 26 Michael Waltrip Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota 45.949 -0.630 15 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 45.982 -0.663 16 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 46.128 -0.809 17 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 46.153 -0.834 18 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 46.187 -0.868 19 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 46.187 -0.868 20 21 Trevor Bayne Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 46.200 -0.881 21 35 Josh Wise MDS Transport Ford 46.403 -1.084 22 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 46.442 -1.123 23 98 Michael McDowell K-Love/Curb Records Ford 46.486 -1.167 24 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet 46.521 -1.202 25 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King Toyota 46.619 -1.300 26 34 David Ragan Detail Doctor Ford 46.683 -1.364 27 83 David Reutimann Burger King Toyota 46.726 -1.407 28 33 Austin Dillon Honeynut Cheerios Chevrolet 46.999 -1.680 29 7 Dave Blaney Florida Lottery Chevrolet 47.017 -1.698 30 27 Paul Menard Menards/Peak Chevrolet 47.041 -1.722 31 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 47.308 -1.989 32 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 47.331 -2.012 33 47 Bobby Labonte Kroger Toyota 47.558 -2.239 34 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 0.000 0.000

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