McMurray, Elliott top opening practice

Jamie McMurrayJamie McMurray, with a lap speed of 199.737 MPH, was the quickest Friday afternoon in the first 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (TSS).

Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chase Elliott, was second quickest in practice with a lap speed of 199.729 MPH, and he was followed by Kurt Busch (199.409 MPH) who was third, Danica Patrick (199.384) fourth and Trevor Bayne (199.317) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Kevin Harvick (199.288 MPH) who was sixth, Casey Mears (199.251) seventh, Joey Logano (199.247) Kyle Larson (199.243) ninth and Michael McDowell (199.193) posting the 10th-quickest lap speed.

Normally on Friday, the NSCS teams only have one practice session followed by qualifying, but for this weekend, qualifying will be held on Saturday 12:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX and “Happy Hour” (final) practice will be later today from 4:30 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

The 47th annual GEICO 500 is slated to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX.

GEICO 500 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 1 Jamie McMurray 199.737 47.943 Leader 21
2 24 Chase Elliott # 199.729 47.945 -0.002 32
3 41 Kurt Busch 199.409 48.022 -0.079 18
4 10 Danica Patrick 199.384 48.028 -0.085 26
5 6 Trevor Bayne 199.317 48.044 -0.101 25
6 4 Kevin Harvick 199.288 48.051 -0.108 28
7 13 Casey Mears 199.251 48.060 -0.117 18
8 22 Joey Logano 199.247 48.061 -0.118 23
9 42 Kyle Larson 199.243 48.062 -0.119 26
10 95 Michael McDowell 199.193 48.074 -0.131 18
11 16 Greg Biffle 199.015 48.117 -0.174 23
12 55 Michael Waltrip* 197.366 48.519 -0.576 18
13 21 Ryan Blaney* # 197.187 48.563 -0.620 36
14 35 David Gilliland* 197.074 48.591 -0.648 24
15 18 Kyle Busch 197.021 48.604 -0.661 23
16 27 Paul Menard 196.907 48.632 -0.689 26
17 98 Cole Whitt* 196.875 48.640 -0.697 15
18 3 Austin Dillon 196.855 48.645 -0.702 31
19 38 Landon Cassill 196.721 48.678 -0.735 24
20 44 Brian Scott # 196.624 48.702 -0.759 27
21 20 Matt Kenseth 196.608 48.706 -0.763 20
22 78 Martin Truex Jr. 196.556 48.719 -0.776 15
23 19 Carl Edwards 196.552 48.720 -0.777 25
24 11 Denny Hamlin 196.519 48.728 -0.785 24
25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 196.503 48.732 -0.789 36
26 34 Chris Bueshcher # 196.310 48.780 -0.837 26
27 5 Kasey Kahne 196.290 48.785 -0.842 24
28 15 Clint Bowyer 196.258 48.793 -0.850 22
29 14 Ty Dillon (i) 195.884 48.886 -0.943 29
30 43 Aric Almirola 195.804 48.906 -0.963 27
31 2 Brad Keselowski 195.744 48.921 -0.978 31
32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 195.150 49.070 -1.127 37
33 23 David Ragan 194.638 49.199 -1.256 25
34 32 Bobby Labonte 194.638 49.199 -1.256 14
35 30 Josh Wise* 194.551 49.221 -1.278 21
36 46 Michael Annett 194.456 49.245 -1.302 16
37 83 Matt Dibenedetto 193.326 49.533 -1.590 25
38 31 Ryan Newman 192.591 49.722 -1.779 19
39 48 Jimmie Johnson 191.739 49.943 -2.000 23
40 47 AJ Allmendinger 191.708 49.951 -2.008 16
41 7 Regan Smith 187.820 50.985 -3.042 7

# – Rookie
* – Required to get in on time
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

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