Truex starts fast in Martinsville practice

Truex starts fast in Martinsville practice

Cup Series

Truex starts fast in Martinsville practice


Martin Truex Jr. picked up his first win of 2018 last weekend, and he’s off to another fast start at Martinsville Speedway.

The No. 78 topped the first of two scheduled practices Saturday morning with a speed of 95.752mph. Truex was also fastest in the best 10 consecutive lap average.

Defending race winner Brad Keselowski was second fastest in practice at 95.646mph. Former Martinsville winners Kyle Busch (95.213mph), Ryan Newman (95.199mph), and Kurt Busch (95.094mph) completed the top five.

Keselowski and Kyle Busch are two of the hottest drivers at Martinsville. The two drivers swept last year’s races and enter this weekend working on top-five streaks. In his last five races, Busch has finished no worse than fifth with two wins. Keselowski has four straight top-five finishes and one victory.

Completing the rest of the top 10 were Chase Elliott (95.084mph), Kyle Larson (95.065mph), Denny Hamlin (95.003mph), Joey Logano (94.979mph), and Ryan Blaney (94.946mph).

There were no incidents in the 50-minute session and all 38 cars entered for the STP 500 made it on track.

NEXT UP: Final practice at 12:30 p.m. ET.