Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads in first Sprint Cup practice at Charlotte

junior-cltThe NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams return to point racing this weekend with the 2014 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it was Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with a lap speed of 193.264 m.p.h., on top of the speed chart in Thursday’s first practice session.

Kevin Harvick, with a lap speed of 192.164 m.p.h, was second fastest, and was followed by the defending series champion, Jimmie Johnson (192.014 m.p.h.) who was third, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (191.782) fourth and Martin Truex, Jr. (191.775) was fifth fastest.

Rounding out the top-ten fastest drivers in the session were Kyle Busch (191.673 m.p.h.) who was sixth, Paul Menard and Kurt Busch with the identical speed (191.042 m.p.h.) recorded seventh and eighth fastest respectively, Danica Patrick (190.799) ninth and Carl Edwards (190.577) posting the tenth fastest lap speed.

The teams will return this evening at 7:10 p.m. (ET) for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday evening’s race, and the current qualifying track record speed is 195.624 m.p.h., set by Denny Hamlin this time last year.

There is no track activity on Friday, and the teams return on Saturday with two more pratice sessions beginning with a morning session from 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. (ET) and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET).

The 55th annual Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to get underway around 6:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday evening, and FOX will provide television coverage beginning with their 5:30 p.m. (ET) pre-race show.

NASCAR Sprint Coca Cola 600 Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 193.264 27.941 Leader 7
2 4 Kevin Harvick 192.164 28.101 -0.160 7
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 192.014 28.123 -0.182 8
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 191.782 28.157 -0.216 7
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. 191.775 28.158 -0.217 19
6 18 KyleBusch 191.673 28.173 -0.232 5
7 27 Paul Menard 191.042 28.266 -0.325 16
8 41 Kurt Busch 191.042 28.266 -0.325 22
9 10 Danica Patrick 190.799 28.302 -0.361 9
10 99 Carl Edwards 190.577 28.335 -0.394 7
11 15 Clint Bowyer 190.483 28.349 -0.408 9
12 55 Brian Vickers 190.335 28.371 -0.430 9
13 14 Tony Stewart 190.255 28.383 -0.442 19
14 42 Kyle Larson # 190.094 28.407 -0.466 18
15 9 Marcos Ambrose 189.967 28.426 -0.485 9
16 5 Kasey Kahne 189.887 28.438 -0.497 9
17 31 Ryan Newman 189.753 28.458 -0.517 8
18 33 Brian Scott (i) 189.700 28.466 -0.525 18
19 22 Joey Logano 189.640 28.475 -0.534 22
20 20 Matt Kenseth 189.587 28.483 -0.542 16
21 2 Brad Keselowski 189.500 28.496 -0.555 25
22 3 Austin Dillon # 189.474 28.500 -0.559 11
23 11 Denny Hamlin 189.440 28.505 -0.564 7
24 1 Jamie McMurray 189.221 28.538 -0.597 9
25 21 Trevor Bayne (i) 189.195 28.542 -0.601 11
26 47 AJ Allmendinger 189.056 28.563 -0.622 7
27 24 Jeff Gordon 189.016 28.569 -0.628 7
28 51 Justin Allgaier # 188.752 28.609 -0.668 27
29 16 Greg Biffle 188.699 28.617 -0.676 10
30 43 Aric Almirola 188.403 28.662 -0.721 7
31 95 Michael McDowell 188.219 28.690 -0.749 9
32 38 David Gilliland 188.081 28.711 -0.770 10
33 13 Casey Mears 187.937 28.733 -0.792 18
34 98 Josh Wise 187.728 28.765 -0.824 5
35 44 J.J. Yeley (i) 187.598 28.785 -0.844 9
36 83 Ryan Truex # 187.493 28.801 -0.860 7
37 23 Alex Bowman # 187.130 28.857 -0.916 11
38 34 David Ragan 186.780 28.911 -0.970 16
39 77 Dave Blaney 186.477 28.958 -1.017 9
40 36 Reed Sorenson 186.380 28.973 -1.032 4
41 26 Cole Whitt # 186.316 28.983 -1.042 8
42 40 Landon Cassill (i) 185.854 29.055 -1.114 14
43 66 Joe Nemechek(i) 185.854 29.055 -1.114 7
44 32 Blake Koch(i) 183.275 29.464 -1.523 10
45 7 Michael Annett # 182.921 29.521 -1.580 7

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series, # – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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