Newman fastest in first Homestead Cup practice

Ryan Newman topped the chart in first Sprint Cup Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The driver of the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 30.789 and a speed of 175.387 mph. Martin Truex Jr. was second in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota with a time of 30.795 and a speed of 175.353 mph. Kyle Larson was third in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with a time of 30.812 and a speed of 175.256 mph. Joey Logano was fourth in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford with a time of 30.828 and a speed of 175.165 mph. Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top-five in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a time of 30.867 and a speed of 174.944 mph.

Brad Keselowski was sixth in his No. 2 Penske Ford. AJ Allmendinger was seventh in his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet. Kyle Busch was eighth in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Carl Edwards was ninth in his No. 19 JGR Toyota. Chase Elliott rounded out the top-10 in his No. 24 HMS Chevrolet.

Kevin Harvick, who posted the 15th fastest single lap, posted the fastest 10 consecutive lap average at a speed of 168.283 mph.

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The Sprint Cup Series cars are back on track this evening at 6:00 for qualifying.

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