Truex tops second practice session in New Hampshire

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Truex tops second practice session in New Hampshire
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Jul 15, 2017, 3:08 PM

Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. led the way in second practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday with a single-lap speed of 131.338mph.

Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Polesitter Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Kyle Larson was second followed by Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, rookie Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer.

NASCAR applied additional PJ1 on the lower lane prior to the start of second practice on Saturday. 

Elliott established a fast time followed by Kenseth, Larson, Johnson, Jones, Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Daniel Suarez.  Once Larson got up to speed, however, he jumped to the top of the speed chart with a lap of 131.33mph after his first 14-lap run.

Fifteen minutes into the session, Larson remained on top followed by Elliott (131.162mph), Brad Keselowski (131.071mph), Jones (131.008), Kenseth (130.689mph), Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch, Johnson and Hamlin.

Larson made a second 10-lap run in the next 15-minutes and held the top speed 30 minutes into practice. Truex moved up to third on the speed chart with a lap of 131.107mph. The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team — among others — remarked that rolling the center was where Truex picked up all of his speed.  

On Truex’s third run, the No. 78 car leap-frogged over Larson with a speed of 131.338mph after 23 laps. With 10 minutes remaining in the 55-minute session, Larson held onto second followed by Johnson, Elliott, Keselowski, Jones, Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Hamlin and Bowyer. 

"It's just a little bit tight through the center,” Hamlin said. "Not too bad everywhere else.”

Johnson’s 60 laps were the most completed at the end of second practice. 

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 35 29.000     131.338
2 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 53 29.001 0.001 0.001 131.333
3 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 60 29.034 0.034 0.033 131.184
4 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 34 29.039 0.039 0.005 131.162
5 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 32 29.059 0.059 0.020 131.071
6 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 30 29.073 0.073 0.014 131.008
7 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 43 29.092 0.092 0.019 130.923
8 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 42 29.114 0.114 0.022 130.824
9 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 26 29.149 0.149 0.035 130.667
10 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 33 29.178 0.178 0.029 130.537
11 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 34 29.201 0.201 0.023 130.434
12 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 34 29.215 0.215 0.014 130.371
13 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 48 29.217 0.217 0.002 130.362
14 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 19 29.218 0.218 0.001 130.358
15 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 35 29.227 0.227 0.009 130.318
16 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 35 29.243 0.243 0.016 130.247
17 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 37 29.246 0.246 0.003 130.233
18 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 28 29.252 0.252 0.006 130.206
19 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 29 29.266 0.266 0.014 130.144
20 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 31 29.299 0.299 0.033 129.998
21 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 29 29.383 0.383 0.084 129.626
22 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 27 29.395 0.395 0.012 129.573
23 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 28 29.448 0.448 0.053 129.340
24 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 35 29.550 0.550 0.102 128.893
25 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 31 29.554 0.554 0.004 128.876
26 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 32 29.565 0.565 0.011 128.828
27 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 29 29.605 0.605 0.040 128.654
28 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 35 29.621 0.621 0.016 128.584
29 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 31 29.681 0.681 0.060 128.325
30 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 30 29.713 0.713 0.032 128.186
31 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 18 29.728 0.728 0.015 128.122
32 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 21 29.738 0.738 0.010 128.079
33 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 33 29.758 0.758 0.020 127.992
34 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 28 29.784 0.784 0.026 127.881
35 55 united_states Gray Gaulding  Toyota 21 29.936 0.936 0.152 127.231
36 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 12 30.162 1.162 0.226 126.278
37 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 26 30.319 1.319 0.157 125.624
38 51 united_states Josh Bilicki  Chevrolet 17 30.556 1.556 0.237 124.650
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