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Non-Chasers Fast In Early Saturday Practice Session

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series completed one of two practice sessions Saturday morning and the non-Chasers stole the spotlight. Marcos Ambrose was the quickest with a time of 28.176 sec at 191.652 mph. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson were second and third, respectively.

One would have to glance down to fourth-place to find the fastest Chase driver. Carl Edwards and teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were fourth and fifth, respectively, putting three Fords in the top five in Saturday’s first of two practice sessions.

 Ryan Newman was the only other Chase driver in the top 10, posting a time that was eighth quickest. Denny Hamlin was the slowest Chase driver, sliding down to 28th on the speed charts by the end of the practice session.

There will be one more practice session at 2PM ET this afternoon. Final practice will be broadcast on FS2.


Full field rundown:

  1. Marcos Ambrose
  2. Jamie McMurray
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Carl Edwards
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. AJ Allmendinger
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Ryan Newman
  9. Austin Dillon
  10. Aric Almirola
  11. Kyle Busch
  12. Joey Logano
  13. Kevin Harvick
  14. Kasey Kahne
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Jeff Gordon
  17. Jimmie Johnson
  18. Casey Mears
  19. Paul Menard
  20. Clint Bowyer
  21. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  22. Tony Stewart
  23. Brian Vickers
  24. Justin Allgaier
  25. Kurt Busch
  26. Brad Keselowski
  27. Matt Kenseth
  28. Denny Hamlin
  29. Michael McDowell
  30. Reed Sorenson
  31. Cole Whitt
  32. Danica Patrick
  33. Alex Bowman
  34. Mike Bliss (i)
  35. David Gilliland
  36. Landon Cassill (i)
  37. Josh Wise
  38. David Ragan
  39. Michael Annett
  40. Timmy Hill
  41. JJ Yeley
  42. Mike Wallace (i)
  43. Joey Gase (i)


Red – Chase drivers

i – ineligible for points

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