McMurray leads second Cup practice at Martinsville

Jamie McMurray posted the top speed in second practice at Martinsville Speedway.

After 69 laps completed during the 55-minute session, McMurray posted a fast single-lap speed of 96.780mph. On Friday, the driver of the No. 1 Ganassi Racing Chevy qualified 14th.

Joey Logano, who will start second in Sunday’s Goody’s 500, was second quick with a lap of 96.730mph followed by David Ragan (96.671mph), polesitter Martin Truex Jr. (96.652mph) and AJ Allmendinger (96.622mph).

Rounding out the top-five were Matt Kenseth (96.558mph), Carl Edwards (96.519mph), Ryan Newman (96.509mph), Tony Stewart (96.474mph) and Jimmie Johnson (96.420mph). Stewart, who is looking for his fourth win at the half-mile track, completed 71 laps — the most in the exercise.

Chase drivers outside of the top 10 included Denny Hamlin (11th), Kurt Busch (12th), Kevin Harvick (13th) and Kyle Busch (16th).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who wrecked in qualifying and was forced to bring out a back up car posted the 18th-quick lap. Ryan Blaney (25th) was the fastest rookie.

Truex also posted the top speed in the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Averages with a speed 96.198mph. Stewart was second in the category with a speed of 96.135 followed by McMurray (96.111mph), Kyle Larson (95.999mph) Johnson (95.907mph) and Kyle Busch (95.891mph).

Edwards, Harvick, Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, who expects to be making his last start at Martinsville, rounded out the top 12 in Best 10 Consecutive Lap Averages.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 1  Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 69 19.566     96.780
2 22  Joey Logano  Ford 47 19.575 0.009 0.009 96.736
3 23  David Ragan  Toyota 62 19.588 0.022 0.013 96.671
4 78  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 44 19.592 0.026 0.004 96.652
5 47  A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 55 19.598 0.032 0.006 96.622
6 20  Matt Kenseth  Toyota 37 19.611 0.045 0.013 96.558
7 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota 39 19.619 0.053 0.008 96.519
8 31  Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 61 19.621 0.055 0.002 96.509
9 14  Tony Stewart  Chevrolet 71 19.628 0.062 0.007 96.474
10 48  Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 56 19.639 0.073 0.011 96.420

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Event Martinsville II
Track Martinsville Speedway
Drivers Jamie McMurray
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Article type Practice report