In the first 50-minute practice session of the afternoon, Martin Truex Jr. was quickest with a lap of 180.650 mph (29.892 seconds). The No. 78 was the only car to post a lap under the 30-second bracket and in the 180-mph bracket as well.
Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five practice speeds, with Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch completing the top 10.
Kenseth ran the most laps in the top 10 with 46, while Austin Dillon ran the most overall with 48. Elliott had the best 10-lap average (176.416 mph), followed by Keselowski, Kenseth, Newman and McMurray. Playoff drivers Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had the 11th, 12th and 16th fastest 10-lap averages as well.
The second practice saw another familiar face up front: Kyle Busch. The No. 18 Camry laid down a lap of 180.252 mph (29.958 seconds), the only driver to be in the 180-mph and 29-second bracket.
Austin Dillon, Keselowski, Elliott, and Bowyer completed the top five with Harvick, Hamlin, Truex Jr., Logano and Blaney rounding out the top 10.
Elliott and Jamie McMurray finished tied for running the most laps in the session with 53. Kevin Harvick had the best 10-lap average (175.784 mph), followed by Ky. Busch, Elliott, Truex Jr., Hamlin, A. Dillon, Logano, Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson.
The green flag is scheduled to fly for the Tale of the Turtles 400 at approximately 3:15 p.m. ET. Martin Truex Jr. is the defending winner of the event.
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