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Edwards, Busch Pace Coke 600 Practices

Edwards, Busch Pace Coke 600 Practices

by May 24, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images for NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In preparation for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, Carl Edwards (Roush-Fenway Racing) and Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) led the way in race-trim practice at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Edwards and his No. 99 Fastenal crew were the fastest team in the weekend’s practice session that was held on Saturday morning. Edwards would run a lap time of 28.008 seconds to claim the top spot on the scoring pylon; being that the teams were practicing in race-trim, Edwards’ lap was 67 thousandths of a second slower than Dale Earnhardt Jr’s (Hendrick Motorsports) first practice-pacing lap that he turned on Thursday.

The driver of the No. 99 Fastenal Fusion faced some strong competition from a pair of Richard Childress Racing satellite teams in the second practice session. A.J. Allmendinger (JTG Daugherty Racing) and Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing) both were in great form as they would post laps within one-tenth of a second second of Edwards’ lap.

Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports) would begin to complain of back issues during his 11-lap session and would pull his car into the garage for the rest of the session. Gordon would sit out of the final practice session of the day.

The final hour-long session of the day was led by Busch, who led the session with a lap of 28.626 seconds. The session proved to be an up-and-down one for the No. 18 M&M’s crew as they led the session but would end up wrecking their primary car during the 60-minute practice. Busch will go to a backup car for the Coca-Cola 600 and will surrender his seventh-place starting position to start at the back of the field.

Joey Logano (Team Penske) was the closest driver to come to Busch’s time in the closing session of the day with his lap of 28.683 seconds. Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing) once again showcased the strong pace that was able to land her a fourth-place starting position for tomorrow’s race by running the third-fastest lap of the session with a lap of 28.747 seconds.

With all three practice sessions for the Coca-Cola 600 now complete, the 43 teams entered for the event now have over 24 hours to rest up for the 600 miles and 400 laps of racing that lay waiting for them on Sunday night.

The Coca-Cola 600 will air live on FOX with coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m ET tomorrow night. The Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriuxXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90 will provide radio coverage for the race.

For tickets to the race, you may purchase tickets at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

Top-10 Practice 2 Speeds for the Coca-Cola 600

  1. 99 – Carl Edwards – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 28.008 seconds | Leader
  2. 47 – A.J. Allmendinger – Chevrolet – JTG Daugherty Racing – 28.069 seconds | -0.061
  3. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing – 28.084 seconds | -0.076
  4. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 28.087 seconds | -0.079
  5. 2 – Brad Keselowski – Ford – Team Penske – 28.109 seconds | -0.101
  6. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 28.175 seconds | -0.167
  7. 18 – Kyle Busch – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 28.181 seconds | -0.173
  8. 31 – Ryan Newman – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 28.205 seconds | -0.197
  9. 9 – Marcos Ambrose – Ford – Richard Petty Motorsports – 28.208 seconds | -0.200
  10. 11 – Denny Hamlin – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 28.237 seconds | -0.229

Top-10 Final Practice Speeds for the Coca-Cola 600

  1. 18 – Kyle Busch – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 28.626 seconds | Leader
  2. 22 – Joey Logano – Ford – Team Penske – 28.683 seconds | -0.057
  3. 10 – Danica Patrick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 28.747 seconds | -0.121
  4. 16 – Greg Biffle – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 28.775 seconds | -0.149
  5. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 28.776 seconds | -0.150
  6. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 28.811 seconds | -0.185
  7. 99 – Carl Edwards – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 28.812 seconds | -0.186
  8. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing – 28.825 seconds | -0.199
  9. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 28.866 seconds | -0.240
  10. 31 – Ryan Newman – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 28.879 seconds | -0.253
Kyle Pokrefky
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