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Carl Edwards Tops Abbreviated Third Kentucky Practice

Carl Edwards led the way in a shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on a green Kentucky Speedway.

Driving his No. 19 Toyota, Edwards laid down a 28.627-second circuit to top the session, which started late due to a second rainstorm that required NASCAR’s Air Titans to dry the track.

Martin Truex, Jr. – Edwards’ pseudo teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing affiliate Furniture Row Racing – followed in second with a time of 28.758 seconds.

Kyle Larson rallied off a 28.802 second circuit to lead the way for Chevrolet, with Kyle Busch (28.858) and Austin Dillon (28.862) rounding out the top five. Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, A.J. Allmendinger and Kurt Busch completed the top 10. Johnson’s fast laps came in his first session with a backup car after crashing his primary machine in the rain-shortened second practice.

The Sprint Cup Series will return for final practice at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Results, via NASCAR

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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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