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Daniel Suarez Leads Both Coca-Cola 600 Practices

In the second and third practice sessions for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Daniel Suarez had the fastest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car. After qualifying his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in sixth place, Suarez laid down the fastest laps in the two final two practice sessions.

Practice 2

In the second practice session, Suarez laid down a fast lap time of 29.647 seconds for a quick speed of 182.143 mph. Although Suarez completed 49 laps, it was his fourth practice lap that put him atop the leaderboard.

Kyle Busch had the second-fastest time of 29.662 seconds (182.051 mph). Austin Dillon led the Chevrolets in this session as he was third-fastest with a time of 29.754 seconds (181.488 mph).

Fourth-fastest was Ryan Blaney. Blaney wheeled his No. 12 Team Penske Ford to a time of 29.769 seconds (181.397 mph). Kevin Harvick was the second-fastest Stewart-Haas Racing driver with a time of 29.774 seconds (181.366 mph). Harvick drove his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to the fifth-fastest time.

All 40 drivers completed a lap in this practice session. All but two drivers completed at least 10 laps. Coca-Cola 600 polesitter William Byron finished 23rd in this practice session (30.043 seconds/179.742 mph).


Final Practice

In the third and final practice session for the longest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, Suarez once again laid down the fastest lap on his fourth lap of this practice session. Suarez stayed atop the leaderboard with a time of 29.883 seconds (180.075 mph).

Daniel Hemric contended for a transfer position into the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway the previous week. While he ultimately failed in his quest, he had the second-fastest practice time in this final practice session. Hemric drove his No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet around the 1.5-mile track in 29.886 seconds (180.687 mph).

Denny Hamlin, rookie Ryan Preece, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five in the final practice session.

All told, 32 of the 40 drivers competed one lap in this practice session. All drivers were within one second behind the quick time set by Suarez.


The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. ET.

About the author

Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.

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