Denny Hamlin leads final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Dover

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Denny Hamlin leads final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Dover
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
May 14, 2016, 5:14 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing once again look in good position to win this week after leading the way in Saturday’s final Sprint Cup Series practice session.

Denny Hamlin, who was second-fastest in Saturday’s first session at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, topped the final session with a single-lap run at 157.329 mph.

Kevin Harvick, who will start from the pole after qualifying was rained out on Friday, was second-fastest (156.447 mph), and Hamlin’s JGR teammate, Kyle Busch, was third-fastest (156.365 mph). Busch was fastest in Saturday’s first session.

Rounding out the top-10 were Kurt Busch, rookie Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Austin Dillon and rookie Ryan Blaney.

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Harvick, who dominated in his victory here last fall, also posted the best 10 consecutive lap average speed (154.471 mph). He was followed by Truex, Hamlin, Kenseth and Elliott.

In all, 32 drivers ran at least 10 consecutive laps in the session, with Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray leading the way, running 62 laps each.

Saturday’s weather conditions featured temperatures in the mid-70s which will be a far cry from what is expected Sunday, when overnight rain is expected to wash most of the rubber off the track and temps hover during the race in the upper 50s.

The anticipated changes in weather conditions had teams scrambling to find compromises in their set-ups for Sunday’s race.

Harvick’s crew chief, Rodney Childers, told his driver over the radio during an early run that he thought Harvick’s No. 4 Chevrolet was the “best car in traffic.”

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Dover
Location Dover International Speedway
Drivers Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Author Jim Utter
Article type Practice report