Hamlin leads Earnhardt in second practice, Truex scrapes the wall

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single-lap speed in second practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The polesitter for the Ford EcoBoost 400 set the quick pace early in practice with a lap of 171.130mph (31.555-seconds) followed by Earnhardt Jr. (31.638), Truex (31.761), Kurt Busch (31.850), Kahne (31.958), Newman (32.020), Logano (32.048), Bayne (32.084), Blaney (32.095) and Suarez (32.162).

“I’m tight overall,” said Hamlin after 20 laps. “Definitely tighter than I was yesterday.” Hamlin also topped the charts in the ten lap averages (165.576mph). Truex was second, Brad Keselowski third, Kyle Busch fourth, Kyle Larson fifth and Kevin Harvick sixth.

Jamie McMurray hit the wall in Turn 3 in the first 10 minutes. Chase Elliott also tagged the wall after 11 laps. Keselowski bumped Suarez out of the top 10 with a lap of 167.900mph (32.162).

After the first 20 minutes of second practice, the top 10 remained the same. Suarez, McMurray, Michael McDowell, Aric Almirola, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch (167.188mph), Kevin Harvick (167.017mph), David Ragan, Matt DiBenedetto and Clint Bowyer Harvick’s 23 laps were the most completed.

NASCAR warned the spotters not to let their drivers speed down pit road. Several drivers were directed to complete pass-thru penalties during the 55-minute session. The No. 42 Ganassi Racing team called it a day half-way through.

Kahne’s 30 laps were the most completed with 20 minutes remaining. Truex tagged the Turn 2 wall and received slight damage to the right side of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.

With just under 15 minutes to go, Harvick radioed to his crew the car was “absolutely terrible.”

Daniel Hemric jumped in the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevy for Ty Dillon, who is on baby watch.

Austin Dillon ran the most laps at 49.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 41 31.555     171.130
2 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 32 31.638 0.083 0.083 170.681
3 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 24 31.761 0.206 0.123 170.020
4 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 36 31.850 0.295 0.089 169.545
5 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 32 31.958 0.403 0.108 168.972
6 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 35 32.020 0.465 0.062 168.645
7 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 34 32.048 0.493 0.028 168.497
8 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 31 32.084 0.529 0.036 168.308
9 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 36 32.095 0.540 0.011 168.251
10 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 31 32.162 0.607 0.067 167.900
11 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 40 32.162 0.607 0.000 167.900
12 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 28 32.163 0.608 0.001 167.895
13 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 45 32.192 0.637 0.029 167.744
14 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 31 32.205 0.650 0.013 167.676
15 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 36 32.271 0.716 0.066 167.333
16 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 43 32.299 0.744 0.028 167.188
17 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 33 32.332 0.777 0.033 167.017
18 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 35 32.351 0.796 0.019 166.919
19 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 30 32.400 0.845 0.049 166.667
20 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 21 32.405 0.850 0.005 166.641
21 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 39 32.408 0.853 0.003 166.626
22 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 24 32.409 0.854 0.001 166.620
23 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 39 32.414 0.859 0.005 166.595
24 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 20 32.441 0.886 0.027 166.456
25 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 49 32.508 0.953 0.067 166.113
26 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 21 32.517 0.962 0.009 166.067
27 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 27 32.524 0.969 0.007 166.031
28 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 31 32.579 1.024 0.055 165.751
29 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 25 32.815 1.260 0.236 164.559
30 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 41 32.854 1.299 0.039 164.364
31 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 26 33.064 1.509 0.210 163.320
32 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 35 33.130 1.575 0.066 162.994
33 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 28 33.311 1.756 0.181 162.109
34 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 10 33.404 1.849 0.093 161.657
35 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 23 33.485 1.930 0.081 161.266
36 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 5 34.268 2.713 0.783 157.581
37 51 united_states Ray Black Jr.  Chevrolet 16 34.348 2.793 0.080 157.214
38 83 united_states Joey Gase    18 34.418 2.863 0.070 156.895
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Homestead
Track Homestead-Miami Speedway
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Martin Truex Jr. , Denny Hamlin
Article type Practice report