Newman leads trio of non-Chasers in first Cup practice

Three non-Chase drivers topped the speed chart in first practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.

With less than three minutes remaining in the 85-minute session, Ryan Newman bumped Martin Truex Jr. with a lap of 175.387mph. Truex was second-quick with a single-lap speed of 175.353mph, followed by Kyle Larson (175.256mph) and Chasers Joey Logano (175.165mph) and Jimmie Johnson (174.944mph).

“Good start to the weekend fellows,” Johnson told the crew after the session. “Keep it up.”

Keselowski (174.916mph) ended up sixth followed by AJ Allmendinger and the Joe Gibbs Racing cars of Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.

Ten minutes into practice, Johnson topped the speed chart with a lap of 174.944mph. Brad Keselowski dropped to second and Carl Edwards (174.458mph) was third. Rookie Chase Elliott rounded out the top 10 single lap runs (174.267mph).

Logano served a 15-minute penalty then developed a left rear tire rub after his first lap of 172.491 mph among the top 40 drivers. Kyle Busch took to the track moments later and bumped Logano to 11th with a laps of 172.546mph. Logano returned at the 45-minute mark and completed four additional laps.

Just after the 35-minute lap, Allmendinger scraped the wall. He had posted the 17th-fastest lap prior to the incident and ended up seventh (174.791mph). Brian Scott, who is making his last run with Richard Petty Motorsports, brushed the wall earlier in practice. He ended up 26th.

The No. 19 JGR team put Edwards car into qualifying trim midway through the 85-minute session. He dropped to fifth after Truex Jr. posted his mock qualifying lap. Logano was second followed by Johnson. With six minutes remaining, Busch made his final Q-run but ended up sixth (174.514mph).

Alex Bowman completed the most laps (31) and ended up 14th-quick with a lap of 173.896mph.

Kevin Harvick was fastest in the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average category with a speed of 168.283mph, followed by Casey Mears (166.757mph), Brian Scott (166.697mph) and Kyle Busch (163.957mph).

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 31  Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 16 30.789     175.387
2 78  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 7 30.795 0.006 0.006 175.353
3 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 11 30.812 0.023 0.017 175.256
4 22  Joey Logano  Ford 9 30.828 0.039 0.016 175.165
5 48  Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 9 30.867 0.078 0.039 174.944
6 2  Brad Keselowski  Ford 5 30.872 0.083 0.005 174.916
7 47  A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 23 30.894 0.105 0.022 174.791
8 18  Kyle Busch  Toyota 27 30.943 0.154 0.049 174.514
9 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota 5 30.953 0.164 0.010 174.458
10 24  Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 7 30.987 0.198 0.034 174.267

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Homestead
Sub-event Friday practice
Track Homestead-Miami Speedway
Drivers Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Hendrick Motorsports , Team Penske , Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Practice report