Stenhouse stakes claim atop Talladega practice

stenhouse_jpg_mainFriday 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
2 55 Michael Waltrip 200.742 47.703 -0.009 13
3 34 Chris Buescher (i) 200.268 47.816 -0.122 29
4 11 Denny Hamlin 199.675 47.958 -0.264 33
5 18 David Ragan 199.662 47.961 -0.267 28
6 10 Danica Patrick 199.641 47.966 -0.272 21
7 5 Kasey Kahne 199.621 47.971 -0.277 32
8 15 Clint Bowyer 199.542 47.990 -0.296 17
9 6 Trevor Bayne 199.467 48.008 -0.314 28
10 95 Michael McDowell 198.924 48.139 -0.445 11
11 47 AJ Allmendinger 198.858 48.155 -0.461 13
12 27 Paul Menard 198.837 48.160 -0.466 31
13 19 Carl Edwards 198.808 48.167 -0.473 20
14 2 Brad Keselowski 198.619 48.213 -0.519 32
15 22 Joey Logano 198.610 48.215 -0.521 27
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 198.240 48.305 -0.611 32
17 42 Kyle Larson 198.134 48.331 -0.637 28
18 14 Tony Stewart 198.101 48.339 -0.645 26
19 24 Jeff Gordon 197.872 48.395 -0.701 22
20 20 Matt Kenseth 197.594 48.463 -0.769 22
21 46 Michael Annett 197.451 48.498 -0.804 23
22 41 Kurt Busch 197.342 48.525 -0.831 25
23 16 Greg Biffle 197.224 48.554 -0.860 23
24 38 David Gilliland 197.191 48.562 -0.868 22
25 21 Ryan Blaney* (i) 197.163 48.569 -0.875 20
26 35 Cole Whitt 197.122 48.579 -0.885 18
27 43 Aric Almirola 197.069 48.592 -0.898 15
28 51 Justin Allgaier 197.045 48.598 -0.904 23
29 1 Jamie McMurray 196.835 48.650 -0.956 25
30 78 Martin Truex Jr. 196.798 48.659 -0.965 14
31 4 Kevin Harvick 196.758 48.669 -0.975 24
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) 196.653 48.695 -1.001 17
33 31 Ryan Newman 196.540 48.723 -1.029 17
34 3 Austin Dillon 196.342 48.772 -1.078 14
35 48 Jimmie Johnson 192.023 49.869 -2.175 20
36 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 191.191 50.086 -2.392 9
37 33 Brian Scott (i) 190.810 50.186 -2.492 12
38 98 Josh Wise 190.219 50.342 -2.648 8
39 32 Bobby Labonte 189.740 50.469 -2.775 12
40 7 Alex Bowman 189.646 50.494 -2.800 6
41 13 Casey Mears 189.635 50.497 -2.803 14
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
44 83 Matt Dibenedetto 187.141 51.170 -3.476 2
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
 

 

 

 

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