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Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne Fastest In Duck Commander 500 Practice

Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne Fastest In Duck Commander 500 Practice

by April 10, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images

By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

FORT WORTH, Tex. – On Friday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the banks of Texas Motor Speedway for their two practice sessions of the Duck Commander 500 weekend.

First Practice

Martin Truex Jr. topped the speed chart during the first practice session on Friday with a lap time of 28.258 seconds at 191.096 mph. Truex Jr. and his Furniture Row Racing team are currently third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship point standings.

Kasey Kahne clocked the second fastest time, followed by Kevin Harvick, Casey Mears and David Ragan who’s coming off a fifth place finish at Martinsville Speedway.

Kahne had the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 185.768 mph. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson had the second best average with an average speed of 185.476 mph. Jamie McMurray was third with an average speed of 185.227 mph.

First Practice Top-10 Results:
1.) #78 Martin Truex Jr. | Furniture Row/Visser Precision | Chevrolet | 28.258 seconds | 191.096 mph
2.) #5 Kasey Kahne | Great Clips | Chevrolet | 28.352 seconds | 190.463 mph
3.) #4 Kevin Harvick | Budweiser/Jimmy John’s | Chevrolet | 28.455 seconds | 189.773 mph
4.) #13 Casey Mears | GEICO | Chevrolet | 28.544 seconds | 189.182 mph
5.) #18 David Ragan | Interstate Batteries | Toyota | 28.552 seconds | 189.129 mph
6.) #1 Jamie McMurray | Cessna/McDonald’s | Chevrolet | 28.611 seconds | 188.739 mph
7.) #19 Carl Edwards | Stanley Racing For A Miracle | Toyota | 28.611 seconds | 188.739 mph
8.) #3 Austin Dillon | Dow | Chevrolet | 28.621 seconds | 188.673 mph
9.) 41 Kurt Busch | Haas Automation | Chevrolet | 28.649 seconds | 188.488 mph
10.) #2 Brad Keselowski | Miller Lite | Ford | 28.667 seconds | 188.370 mph

Final Practice

After running the second fastest lap during the first practice session on Friday, Kasey Kahne backed up his efforts with the fastest lap in final practice. Kahne paced the session with a 28.27 second lap at 190.975 mph.

Jimmie Johnson clocked the second fastest lap, while Jamie McMurray ran the third fastest lap. Denny Hamlin finished out the session in fourth, and Casey Mears kept the top-five momentum rolling as he rounded out the session in fifth.

David Ragan set the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 183.341 mph. Brad Keselowski was second with an average speed of 183.122 mph and Kevin Harvick was fourth with an average speed of 182.711 mph.

Final Practice
1.) #5 Kasey Kahne | Great Clips | Chevrolet | 28.276 seconds | 190.975 mph
2.) #48 Jimmie Johnson | Lowe’s Pro Services | Chevrolet | 28.343 seconds | 190.523 mph
3.) #1 Jamie McMurray | Cessna/McDonald’s | Chevrolet | 28.473 seconds | 189.653 mph
4.) #11 Denny Hamlin | FedEx Office | Toyota | 28.487 seconds | 189.560 mph
5.) #13 Casey Mears | GEICO | Chevrolet | 28.562 seconds | 189.062 mph
6.) #21 Ryan Blaney | Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center | Ford | 28.585 seconds | 188.910 mph
7.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. | Nationwide | Chevrolet | 28.604 seconds | 188.785 mph
8.) #41 Kurt Busch | Haas Automation | Chevrolet | 28.616 seconds | 188.706 mph
9.) #7 Alex Bowman | Accell Construction | Chevrolet | 28.620 seconds | 188.679 mph
10.) #31 Ryan Newman | Caterpillar | Chevrolet | 28.625 seconds | 188.646 mph

Coors Light Pole Qualifying will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 6:45 p.m. ET on Friday. The Duck Commander 500 will air live on FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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