Ryan Newman fastest in first Sprint Cup practice at Martinsville

ryan-newman-phx-ap-2015After rain at Martinsville Speedway delayed the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) STP 500 practice session, it was Ryan Newman – with a lap speed of 97.835 MPH – at the top of the scoring pylon at the end of the shortened session.

AJ Allmendinger, with a lap speed of 97.679 MPH, was the second quickest on the scoring pylon, and he was followed by Jeff Gordon (97.664 (MPH) who was third, Jimmie Johnson {97.618) fourth and Martin Truex Jr. (97.558) was fifth.

Currently second in the series point standings, Joey Logano (97.412 MPH) was sixth quickest, while Jamie McMurray (with the identical lap speed – 97.412) was recorded seventh, Brad Keselowski (97.397) eighth, Denny Hamlin (97.212) ninth and Kyle Larson (97.192) rounding out the top-10.

Weather permitting, the teams will return to the track later this evening at a rescheduled time of 6:10 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1) for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race. Joey Logano currently holds the series qualifying record at Martinsville with a speed of 100.201 MPH, which he set during last year (03/28/2014) during the first round of qualifying.

On Saturday, the qualified teams return for two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 10:00 a.m – 10:55 am (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their final (“Happy Hour”) practice from 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m (ET – On FOX Sports 2).

The 66th annual STP 500 is scheduled to get underway around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX Sports 1 will provide television coverage of the event.

STP 500 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 31 Ryan Newman 97.835 19.355 Leader 17
2 47 AJ Allmendinger 97.679 19.386 -0.031 16
3 24 Jeff Gordon 97.664 19.389 -0.034 13
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 97.618 19.398 -0.043 17
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. 97.558 19.410 -0.055 10
6 22 Joey Logano 97.412 19.439 -0.084 14
7 1 Jamie McMurray 97.412 19.439 -0.084 13
8 2 Brad Keselowski 97.397 19.442 -0.087 11
9 11 Denny Hamlin 97.212 19.479 -0.124 16
10 42 Kyle Larson 97.192 19.483 -0.128 12
11 27 Paul Menard 97.187 19.484 -0.129 15
12 19 Carl Edwards 97.108 19.500 -0.145 17
13 13 Casey Mears 97.093 19.503 -0.148 17
14 41 Kurt Busch 97.083 19.505 -0.150 18
15 3 Austin Dillon 96.959 19.530 -0.175 18
16 4 Kevin Harvick 96.919 19.538 -0.183 14
17 38 David Gilliland 96.879 19.546 -0.191 24
18 14 Tony Stewart 96.864 19.549 -0.194 26
19 16 Greg Biffle 96.726 19.577 -0.222 13
20 43 Aric Almirola 96.701 19.582 -0.227 20
21 15 Clint Bowyer 96.667 19.589 -0.234 20
22 10 Danica Patrick 96.558 19.611 -0.256 17
23 51 Justin Allgaier 96.509 19.621 -0.266 25
24 98 Josh Wise 96.504 19.622 -0.267 22
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 96.460 19.631 -0.276 11
26 20 Matt Kenseth 96.455 19.632 -0.277 17
27 46 Michael Annett 96.406 19.642 -0.287 26
28 5 Kasey Kahne 96.406 19.642 -0.287 7
29 25 Chase Elliott* (i) 96.337 19.656 -0.301 25
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 96.141 19.696 -0.341 8
31 40 Landon Cassill (i) 96.078 19.709 -0.354 14
32 83 Matt Dibenedetto 96.078 19.709 -0.354 15
33 18 David Ragan 96.039 19.717 -0.362 14
34 26 Jeb Burton # 96.029 19.719 -0.364 24
35 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 96.005 19.724 -0.369 17
36 55 Brett Moffitt # 95.995 19.726 -0.371 10
37 6 Trevor Bayne 95.550 19.818 -0.463 21
38 35 Cole Whitt 95.439 19.841 -0.486 17
39 34 Chris Buescher (i) 95.151 19.901 -0.546 35
40 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 95.079 19.916 -0.561 18
41 32 Mike Bliss(i) 95.060 19.920 -0.565 19
42 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 94.251 20.091 -0.736 20
43 30 Ron Hornaday* 94.237 20.094 -0.739 13
44 7 Alex Bowman 94.129 20.117 -0.762 19
45 33 Alex Kennedy # 92.416 20.490 -1.135 37

# – Rookie
* – Required to qualify by speed

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind Gap
1 25 Chase Elliott* (i) 8 17 94.231 Leader Leader
2 7 Alex Bowman 9 18 93.767 -0.464 -0.464
3 46 Michael Annett 4 13 93.426 -0.805 -0.341
4 47 AJ Allmendinger 2 11 93.418 -0.813 -0.008
5 51 Justin Allgaier 6 15 93.147 -1.084 -0.271
6 38 David Gilliland 3 12 93.011 -1.220 -0.136
7 34 Chris Buescher (i) 18 27 92.065 -2.166 -0.946
8 33 Alex Kennedy # 17 26 90.733 -3.498 -1.332
9 6 Trevor Bayne 1 10 90.633 -3.598 -0.100
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

 

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