Hamlin, Truex fastest in Friday’s Sprint Cup practice at Bristol

Denny HamlinDenny Hamlin, with a lap speed of 128.666 MPH, was the quickest early Friday afternoon in the first 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS).

Second quickest with a lap speed of 128.399 MPH was Martin Truex Jr., and he was followed by Brad Keselowski (128.374 MPH) who was third, Jimmie Johnson (128.176) fourth and Jamie McMurray (127.767) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Kevin Harvick (127.724 MPH) who was sixth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch (with the identical lap speed of 127.478 MPH) recorded seventh and eighth respectively, AJ Allmendinger (127.444) ninth and Carl Edwards (127.377) posting the 10th-quickest lap speed.

The teams will return to the track at 4:15 p.m (ET) on FOX Sports 1 for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race, and it is Denny Hamlin who currently holds the qualifying track record at BMS with a lap speed of 131.407 MPH – which he set last year on August 22nd.

On Saturday, the teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a early morning session from 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

The 56th annual Food City 500 is scheduled to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX.

Food City 500 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 11 Denny Hamlin 128.666 14.913 Leader 19
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 128.399 14.944 -0.031 22
3 2 Brad Keselowski 128.374 14.947 -0.034 17
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 128.176 14.970 -0.057 16
5 1 Jamie McMurray 127.767 15.018 -0.105 27
6 4 Kevin Harvick 127.724 15.023 -0.110 20
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 127.478 15.052 -0.139 30
8 18 Kyle Busch 127.478 15.052 -0.139 34
9 47 AJ Allmendinger 127.444 15.056 -0.143 23
10 19 Carl Edwards 127.377 15.064 -0.151 25
11 20 Matt Kenseth 127.326 15.070 -0.157 26
12 41 Kurt Busch 127.309 15.072 -0.159 19
13 31 Ryan Newman 127.132 15.093 -0.180 38
14 42 Kyle Larson 127.132 15.093 -0.180 38
15 95 Michael McDowell 127.132 15.093 -0.180 23
16 21 Ryan Blaney # 127.090 15.098 -0.185 28
17 13 Casey Mears 127.031 15.105 -0.192 43
18 24 Chase Elliott # 126.955 15.114 -0.201 35
19 22 Joey Logano 126.930 15.117 -0.204 18
20 5 Kasey Kahne 126.838 15.128 -0.215 26
21 27 Paul Menard 126.804 15.132 -0.219 24
22 38 Landon Cassill 126.570 15.160 -0.247 38
23 16 Greg Biffle 126.503 15.168 -0.255 23
24 7 Regan Smith 126.420 15.178 -0.265 14
25 43 Aric Almirola 126.411 15.179 -0.266 25
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 126.353 15.186 -0.273 26
27 6 Trevor Bayne 126.337 15.188 -0.275 24
28 23 David Ragan 126.170 15.208 -0.295 29
29 34 Chris Bueshcher # 126.137 15.212 -0.299 40
30 44 Brian Scott # 126.088 15.218 -0.305 36
31 3 Austin Dillon 125.980 15.231 -0.318 18
32 15 Clint Bowyer 125.798 15.253 -0.340 18
33 83 Matt Dibenedetto 125.330 15.310 -0.397 19
34 14 Ty Dillon (i) 125.052 15.344 -0.431 39
35 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 124.355 15.430 -0.517 18
36 10 Danica Patrick 124.130 15.458 -0.545 37
37 30 Josh Wise 122.615 15.649 -0.736 25
38 55 Reed Sorenson 121.512 15.791 -0.878 21
39 46 Michael Annett 120.573 15.914 -1.001 35
40 98 Cole Whitt 119.084 16.113 -1.200 33

# – Rookie
(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 13 Casey Mears 14 23 121.472 Leader Leader
2 24 Chase Elliott # 22 31 119.858 -1.614 -1.614
3 34 Chris Bueshcher # 8 17 119.544 -1.928 -0.314
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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