NASCAR Sprint Cup teams had two chances to get it right Saturday with a pair of practice sessions for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race of the season.
Kurt Busch paced the morning edition with a top speed of 191.002 mph. Jimmie Johnson, whose seven Charlotte wins rank as most by a driver in track history, was second on the speed charts, with Martin Truex, Jr., defending race winner Carl Edwards, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. completing the top 5. Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson rounded out the top 10.
The second and final practice session of the day featured a hotter, slicker track, and it was polesitter Truex, Jr., who led the most laps in last year’s Coca-Cola 600 only to fall victim to fuel mileage, who bested Kurt Busch and Johnson, who slotted in second and third, respectively. Also posting top-5 times were All-Star Race winner Joey Logano and Greg Biffle.
Truex will lead the field to green Sunday night.
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