Beach impressed in the first practices for this year's installment of the Daytona 200. After running near the vanguard in last year's race, Beach hopes to do the same this year. He was seventh in practice on Thursday afternoon. "I was able to run up front last year, so I got a chance to see what it takes to go 200 miles here, and be competitive." said J.D. "We kinda struggled in the morning but by the afternoon, the bike was starting to work really well. We kept the same tire on the whole time, so we could have gone faster but we wanted to learn some things. Come race time, we should be sitting good."