Greg Biffle leads final Sprint Cup practice at Talladega

032715-nascar-Greg-Biffle-pi-mp_vresize_1200_675_high_57Greg Biffle, with a lap speed of 197.929 MPH, was the fastest Friday in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS).

Second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 197.859 MPH was Tony Stewart, and he was followed by Aric Almirola (197.696 MPH) who was third, Jimmie Johnson (197.175) fourth and Austin Dillon (197.122) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice were Matt Kenseth (196.839 MPH) who was sixth, David Ragan (196.669) seventh, Sam Hornish Jr. (194.603) eighth, Casey Mears (194.456) ninth and Brian Scott (193.881) posting the 10th fastest lap speed.

Usually held on Fridays, qualifying to determine the starting lineup for this weekend’s race will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (ET – On FOX) in the afternoon. Bill Elliott currently holds, and will probably always hold, the series qualifying track record at ‘Dega with a lap speed of 212.809 MPH, which he set on April 30th, 1987.

The 46th annual GEICO 500 is slated to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the race.

GEICO 500 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 16 Greg Biffle 197.929 48.381 Leader 22
2 14 Tony Stewart 197.859 48.398 -0.017 20
3 43 Aric Almirola 197.696 48.438 -0.057 10
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 197.175 48.566 -0.185 18
5 3 Austin Dillon 197.122 48.579 -0.198 18
6 20 Matt Kenseth 196.839 48.649 -0.268 18
7 18 David Ragan 196.669 48.691 -0.310 14
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 194.603 49.208 -0.827 11
9 13 Casey Mears 194.456 49.245 -0.864 8
10 33 Brian Scott (i) 193.881 49.391 -1.010 8
11 21 Ryan Blaney* (i) 193.541 49.478 -1.097 14
12 24 Jeff Gordon 193.322 49.534 -1.153 2
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 193.135 49.582 -1.201 13
14 2 Brad Keselowski 192.858 49.653 -1.272 17
15 1 Jamie McMurray 192.796 49.669 -1.288 7
16 4 Kevin Harvick 192.719 49.689 -1.308 11
17 42 Kyle Larson 192.502 49.745 -1.364 8
18 10 Danica Patrick 192.440 49.761 -1.380 14
19 41 Kurt Busch 192.085 49.853 -1.472 17
20 27 Paul Menard 192.027 49.868 -1.487 10
21 6 Trevor Bayne 191.965 49.884 -1.503 8
22 22 Joey Logano 191.631 49.971 -1.590 7
23 40 Landon Cassill (i) 191.290 50.060 -1.679 5
24 38 David Gilliland 191.210 50.081 -1.700 8
25 5 Kasey Kahne 190.974 50.143 -1.762 2
26 34 Chris Buescher (i) 190.666 50.224 -1.843 8
27 46 Michael Annett 190.393 50.296 -1.915 11
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 190.249 50.334 -1.953 13
29 35 Cole Whitt 190.196 50.348 -1.967 5
30 95 Michael McDowell 190.008 50.398 -2.017 8
31 51 Justin Allgaier 189.815 50.449 -2.068 8
32 98 Josh Wise 189.597 50.507 -2.126 8
33 32 Bobby Labonte 189.567 50.515 -2.134 11
34 7 Alex Bowman 189.522 50.527 -2.146 2
35 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) 189.185 50.617 -2.236 5
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 189.081 50.645 -2.264 5
37 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 188.500 50.801 -2.420 5
38 26 Jeb Burton # 187.335 51.117 -2.736 5
39 11 Denny Hamlin 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
40 15 Clint Bowyer 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
41 19 Carl Edwards 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
42 31 Ryan Newman 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
43 47 AJ Allmendinger 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
44 55 Michael Waltrip 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
45 78 Martin Truex Jr. 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0

# – 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 16 Greg Biffle 3 12 195.312 Leader Leader
2 14 Tony Stewart 3 12 195.259 -0.053 -0.053
3 20 Matt Kenseth 2 11 195.098 -0.214 -0.161
4 3 Austin Dillon 3 12 195.051 -0.261 -0.047
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 2 11 195.045 -0.267 -0.006
6 18 David Ragan 1 10 182.432 -12.880 -12.613
7 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 176.804 -18.508 -5.628
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

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