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Carl Edwards Quickest in Rain-Shortened Homestead Practice

Carl Edwards Quickest in Rain-Shortened Homestead Practice

by November 20, 2015 0 comments

Carl Edwards kicked off championship weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in a fast fashion as the driver of the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota led the way in first practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Edwards posted a lap of 30.832 seconds to take the top spot on the scoring pylon in Friday afternoon’s rain-shortened 85-minute session.

Brad Keselowski’s Team Penske Ford sat second on the speed chart with a lap of 30.968 seconds while championship contender Martin Truex Jr. was third with a lap of 30.968 seconds.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick (another title contender), Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson rounded out the top-10 of the abbreviated session.

Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon – the other two drivers competing for the Sprint Cup this weekend – respectively posted the 16th and 30th-fastest times of the session.

Despite being the only Friday practice session with qualifying scheduled for later on in the day, several drivers did make runs of 10 or more consecutive laps during the session.

Of these drivers, Keselowski was the fastest driver with an average speed of 169.664 miles per hour over a 10-lap run.

Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 is scheduled for a 6:15 p.m ET start.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Ford EcoBoost 400

  1. 19 – Carl Edwards – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.832 | Leader
  2. 2 – Brad Keselowski – Ford – Team Penske – 30.954 | -0.122
  3. 78 – Martin Truex Jr.* – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing – 30.968 | -0.136
  4. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 31.090 | -0.258
  5. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 31.092 | -0.260
  6. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 31.094 | -0.262
  7. 4 – Kevin Harvick* – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 31.115 | -0.283
  8. 43 – Aric Almirola – Ford – Richard Petty Motorsports – 31.133 | -0.301
  9. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 31.190 | -0.358
  10. 42 – Kyle Larson – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 31.196 | -0.364

* = Chase driver.

Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images

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