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Carl Edwards Fastest In Coca-Cola 600 Opening Practice

Carl Edwards Fastest In Coca-Cola 600 Opening Practice

by May 21, 2015 0 comments

CONCORD, N.C. – Drivers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday afternoon for their first practice session of the Coca-Cola 600 weekend.

Carl Edwards in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Subway Toyota clocked the fastest lap of the afternoon with a lap of 28.085 seconds at 192.273 mph. Defending race winner and seven-time Charlotte Motor Speedway winner, Jimmie Johnson was second fastest. Kasey Kahne rounded out the top-three. Kevin Harvick and David Ragan were fourth and fifth respectively.

Sprint All-Star Race winner, Denny Hamlin was 10th fastest on Thursday afternoon.

Paul Menard and Tony Stewart were the only two drivers to run 10 consecutive laps during the first practice session. Menard who finished out the session in 15th was fastest of the two drivers with an average speed of 185.545 mph. Stewart’s average speed was 184.887 mph, and he finished the first practice session in 17th.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set to air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7:15 p.m. ET tonight.

First Practice Top-10 Results:
1.) #19 Carl Edwards | Subway | Toyota | 28.085 seconds | 192.273 mph
2.) #48 Jimmie Johnson | Lowe’s Patriotic | Chevrolet | 28.173 seconds | 191.673 mph
3.) #5 Kasey Kahne | LiftMaster | Chevrolet | 28.178 seconds | 191.639 mph
4.) #4 Kevin Harvick | Budweiser/Jimmy John’s | Chevrolet | 28.207 seconds | 191.442 mph
5.) #55 David Ragan | Aaron’s Dream Machine | Toyota | 28.208 seconds | 191.435 mph
6.) #2 Brad Keselowski | Miller Lite | Ford | 28.210 seconds | 191.421 mph
7.) #1 Jamie McMurray | Cessna/McDonald’s | Chevrolet | 28.253 seconds | 191.130 mph
8.) #42 Kyle Larson | Target | Chevrolet | 28.260 seconds | 191.083 mph
9.) #3 Austin Dillon | Cheerios | Chevrolet | 28.286 seconds | 190.907 mph
10.) #11 Denny Hamlin | FedEx Office | Toyota | 28.295 seconds | 190.846 mph

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.

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