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Carl Edwards Fastest in Opening Pure Michigan 400 Practice

Carl Edwards Fastest in Opening Pure Michigan 400 Practice

by August 14, 2015 0 comments

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Joe Gibbs Racing’s strong form as of late carried over to Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon as Carl Edwards led the way in opening practice for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

Turning in a lap of 36.726 seconds around the two-mile superspeedway, Edwards completed his fastest timed lap nearly a quarter of a second faster than second-place driver Kevin Harvick’s fastest time.

Completing the top-10 of the opening session’s speed chart behind Edwards and Harvick were Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, David Ragan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth.

June’s Michigan race winner, Kurt Busch, completed the 12th-fastest lap of the 135-minute session and was the only driver to make a run of 10 consecutive laps.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Hamlin completed the most laps of the session with 46 while Premium Motorsports’s Reed Sorenson completed the fewest with a tally of six.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender Matt Crafton turned laps in Friday practice in Richard Petty Motorsports’s No. 43 Ford in place of Aric Almirola, who is feeling ill.

The No. 43 Ford was scored 29th on the session’s speed chart.

Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 is up next for the Sprint Cup Series and is scheduled for a 5:05 p.m ET start.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Pure Michigan 400

  1. 19 – Carl Edwards – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 36.726 | Leader
  2. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 36.950 | -0.224
  3. 3 – Austin Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 36.984 | -0.258
  4. 14 – Tony Stewart – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 36.997 | -0.271
  5. 11 – Denny Hamlin – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 37.088 | -0.362
  6. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 37.132 | -0.406
  7. 18 – Kyle Busch – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 37.141 | -0.415
  8. 55 – David Ragan – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 37.152 | -0.426
  9. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 37.196 | -0.470
  10. 20 – Matt Kenseth – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 37.201 | -0.475

Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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