Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), it was driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – with a lap speed of 200.780 MPH – who was the quickest at the end of the first GEICO 500 practice session.
Michael Waltrip was second quickest with a lap speed of 200.742 MPH, and he was followed by Chris Buescher (200.268 MPH) who was third, Denny Hamlin (199.675) fourth and David Ragan (199.662) was fifth.
Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Danica Patrick (199.641 MPH) who was sixth, Kasey Kahne (199.621) seventh, Clint Bowyer (199.542) eighth, Trevor Bayne (199.467) ninth and Michael McDowell (198.924) posting the 10th quickest lap speed.
The teams will return to the track later this afternoon for their final (“Happy Hour”) practice from 4:30 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1.
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 First Practice Results|
|Pos.||Car #||Driver||Best Speed||Best Time||Behind||# Laps|
|1||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||200.780||47.694||Leader||32|
|3||34||Chris Buescher (i)||200.268||47.816||-0.122||29|
|16||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||198.240||48.305||-0.611||32|
|25||21||Ryan Blaney* (i)||197.163||48.569||-0.875||20|
|30||78||Martin Truex Jr.||196.798||48.659||-0.965||14|
|32||40||Landon Cassill (i)||196.653||48.695||-1.001||17|
|36||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||191.191||50.086||-2.392||9|
|37||33||Brian Scott (i)||190.810||50.186||-2.492||12|
|42||23||J.J. Yeley (i)||188.482||50.806||-3.112||5|
|43||62||Brendan Gaughan* (i)||188.330||50.847||-3.153||4|
|45||26||Jeb Burton #||187.024||51.202||-3.508||12|
# – Rookie
* – Required to qualify by speed
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series