Carl Edwards leads first Sprint Cup practice

originalThe NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams kicked off track activity on Thursday for the Memorial Day Weekend with their first 2015 Coca-Cola 600 practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). And, at the conclusion of the session, it was Carl Edwards – with a lap speed of 192.273 MPH – at the top of the speed chart with the fastest speed.

Jimmie Johnson was second fastest on the speed chart with a lap speed of 191.673 MPH, and he was followed by Kasey Kahne (191.639 MPH) who was third, Kevin Harvick (191.442) fourth and David Ragan (191.435) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the session were Brad Keselowski (191.421 MPH) who was sixth, Jamie McMurray (191.130) seventh, Kyle Larson (191.083) eighth, Austin Dillon (190.907) ninth and Denny Hamlin (190.846) posting the 10th fastest lap speed.

The teams will return later tonight at 7:15 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1) for qualifying to determine the starting lineup up for Sunday night’s event. The current series qualifying track record at Charlotte is 198.771 MPH, which was set by Kurt Busch last year on October 9th.

There is no track activity scheduled for Friday.

On Saturday, the qualified teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1). The longest series race of the season, the 56th annual Coca-Cola 600, is set for an approximate starting time of 6:20 p.m. (ET), where this will be the last race of the series this season to be televised by FOX.

Coca-Cola 600 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 19 Carl Edwards 192.273 28.085 Leader 12
2 48 Jimmie Johnson 191.673 28.173 -0.088 6
3 5 Kasey Kahne 191.639 28.178 -0.093 8
4 4 Kevin Harvick 191.442 28.207 -0.122 5
5 55 David Ragan 191.435 28.208 -0.123 7
6 2 Brad Keselowski 191.421 28.210 -0.125 11
7 1 Jamie McMurray 191.130 28.253 -0.168 9
8 42 Kyle Larson 191.083 28.260 -0.175 19
9 3 Austin Dillon 190.907 28.286 -0.201 9
10 11 Denny Hamlin 190.846 28.295 -0.210 10
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 190.833 28.297 -0.212 9
12 16 Greg Biffle 190.792 28.303 -0.218 9
13 15 Clint Bowyer 190.766 28.307 -0.222 9
14 78 Martin Truex Jr. 190.678 28.320 -0.235 11
15 27 Paul Menard 190.678 28.320 -0.235 18
16 20 Matt Kenseth 190.604 28.331 -0.246 9
17 14 Tony Stewart 190.597 28.332 -0.247 18
18 21 Ryan Blaney* (i) 190.443 28.355 -0.270 10
19 41 Kurt Busch 190.416 28.359 -0.274 7
20 22 Joey Logano 190.328 28.372 -0.287 9
21 18 Kyle Busch 190.081 28.409 -0.324 14
22 24 Jeff Gordon 189.947 28.429 -0.344 7
23 31 Ryan Newman 189.793 28.452 -0.367 17
24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 189.301 28.526 -0.441 11
25 10 Danica Patrick 189.221 28.538 -0.453 17
26 43 Aric Almirola 189.155 28.548 -0.463 7
27 25 Chase Elliott* (i) 189.142 28.550 -0.465 11
28 7 Alex Bowman 189.082 28.559 -0.474 7
29 13 Casey Mears 188.990 28.573 -0.488 17
30 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 188.811 28.600 -0.515 6
31 95 Michael McDowell 188.745 28.610 -0.525 9
32 26 Jeb Burton* # 188.376 28.666 -0.581 12
33 51 Justin Allgaier 188.324 28.674 -0.589 11
34 47 AJ Allmendinger 188.147 28.701 -0.616 13
35 6 Trevor Bayne 188.101 28.708 -0.623 9
36 35 Cole Whitt 187.741 28.763 -0.678 12
37 40 Landon Cassill (i) 187.552 28.792 -0.707 10
38 98 Josh Wise 186.413 28.968 -0.883 11
39 34 Brett Moffitt # 186.027 29.028 -0.943 12
40 38 David Gilliland 185.746 29.072 -0.987 9
41 46 Michael Annett 185.331 29.137 -1.052 11
42 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 184.761 29.227 -1.142 9
43 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 184.628 29.248 -1.163 9
44 32 Mike Bliss(i) 184.609 29.251 -1.166 9
45 39 Travis Kvapil* 184.451 29.276 -1.191 9
46 30 Jeff Green* (i) 184.106 29.331 -1.246 7
47 33 Alex Kennedy 181.855 29.694 -1.609 8
48 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) 180.060 29.990 -1.905 5

* – Required to qualify by speed
# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

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