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Martin Truex Jr. Sweeps Martinsville Speedway Practices

No matter what town NASCAR travels to, Martin Truex Jr. continues to be the fastest in it.

Six days after winning all three stages at Auto Club Speedway of California, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was fastest in both STP 500 practices at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday (March 24).

Truex posted a speed of 95.752 mph in the first practice that topped runner-up and defending STP 500 winner Brad Keselowski (95.646 mph). Kyle Busch (95.213 mph), the most recent Martinsville winner, was third quickest.  Former Martinsville winners Ryan Newman (95.199 mph) and Kurt Busch (95.094 mph) rounded out the top-five.


Truex’s slowed down a tad in the second session with a speed of 95.415 mph. Keselowski (95.280 mph) was again the bridesmaid and Daniel Suarez (95.242 mph) took third place. Kyle Busch (95.122 mph) finished behind his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and Newman (94.756 mph) was fifth.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wheel-hopped in the second practice and made contact with the wall. The team will go to a back up car for the race.


The green flag for the STP 500 is schedule to waive at 2:13 p.m./et on Sunday afternoon (March 25). FS1 and MRN are broadcasting the race.

About the author

Michael Massie is a writer for Frontstretch. Massie, a Richmond, Va. native, has been a NASCAR superfan since childhood, when he frequented races at Richmond International Raceway. Massie is a lover of short track racing and travels around to the ones in his region. Outside of motorsports, the Virginia Tech grad can be seen cheering on his beloved Hokies.

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