01/13/2012 06:16 EST | Updated 03/14/2012 05:12 EDT

NASCAR tries to break up tandem racing and speeds top 200 m.p.h in Daytona test session

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR is making gains toward breaking up the two-car tandem racing that's taken over at Daytona and Talladega. The fix sent speeds soaring over 200 m.p.h. in Friday's test session at Daytona International Speedway.

Kurt Busch posted the fastest lap of the day at 206.058 mph. But he was being pushed around Daytona in a two-car tandem by Regan Smith. Kyle Busch was clocked at 205.813 while pack racing.

NASCAR has traditionally shied away from the 200 m.p.h mark, and four-time series champion Jeff Gordon said he approached series officials about the speeds because he was certain the cars would be slowed.

Gordon said he was surprised when NASCAR indicated it was comfortable over 200 m.p.h.