Hamlin paces final Texas practice

Hamlin paces final Texas practice

Cup Series

Hamlin paces final Texas practice


Denny Hamlin was fastest in final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Texas with a lap of 191.469 mph. Hamlin led the way of five playoff drivers in the top 10 on the speed charts.

Second fastest was rookie Erik Jones at 190.860 mph. Playoff driver Ryan Blaney was third fastest at 190.691 mph while another rookie, Daniel Suarez, was fourth fastest at 190.685 mph. Playoff leader Martin Truex Jr. completed the top five at 190.617 mph.

There were no issues in the 55-minute session.

Filling out the top 10 were Kyle Larson (190.375 mph), pole-sitter Kurt Busch (190.375 mph), playoff drivers Kevin Harvick (190.349 mph) and Kyle Busch (190.134 mph) followed by Matt Kenseth (190.107 mph).

Other playoff drivers in practice were Jimmie Johnson 12th fastest and Chase Elliott 14th fastest. The slowest playoff driver was again Brad Keselowski, who was 16th on the chart.

Paul Menard arrived in Texas after the birth of his second child earlier this weekend and took his first laps in the No. 27 ahead of Sunday’s race. Menard was 30th in the session.

Drivers who served 15-minute practice holds in the session were Harvick, Elliott, Trevor Bayne, Kasey Kahne, Reed Sorenson, Joey Logano and Gray Gaulding.

Four drivers served 30-minute holds, including the fastest driver Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Erik Jones.

UP NEXT: The AAA Texas 500 at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.