Denny Hamlin leads final practice for Sprint UnlimitedBy Ashley McCubbin
Practice is complete and in the end, Toyota found their way to the top just like in testing as it was Denny Hamlin topping the charts. The driver of the No. 11 FedEx Camry topped the charts with a speed of 196.053 mph.
When it comes to Hamlin’s event, he said during media day that it’d be important to be at the front of the pack.
“Yeah, it will be important to put yourself in position with 30 to 40 laps to go because I think it will be hard to pass,” Hamlin said. ” We’ve seen so far in the little bit of drafting that we’ve done that the front car, if you get close to him, you just kind of push him out there. You’ve got to get your passing done early.”
Hamlin’s teammate Logano was second, followed by Biffle, Harvick and Almirola. Only 12 teams chose to practice due to the five car wreck that happened in the first session.
In the first session, Kenseth triggered a five-car wreck involving Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carl Edwards. While in the draft, Busch went low, then Kenseth went high and tried to come back down, but instead got into the back of Busch.
“It can be repaired,” Martin said. “It’ll need to go home to get repaired. With the way the templates are, it’ll need to go home. We’ve got plenty of racecars, we came down prepared.”
“It’s tough,” Busch said. “A lot o hardwork goes into these cars in six weeks, just to get wrecked in six laps. He went high, I went low and he came down right across my nose.”
“I had no idea was he there,” Kenseth said, taking the blame for the wreck. “I had no idea anyone was even close to me.”
Busch, Edwards and Martin are headed to back-up cars while Kenseth and Montoya are trying to fix their’s.
Harvick, meawhile, led that session with a speed of 197.394 mph.
The Sprint Unlimited will take the green flag on Saturday night at 8pm. The starting line-up will be announced at 6:30pm on NASCAR Raceday after the fan vote is complete.