Truex leads final NHMS practice

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Truex leads final NHMS practice

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Truex leads final NHMS practice

Final practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was more of the same in the Cup Series.

The fastest three were the drivers that have dominated the season as Martin Truex Jr. was fastest at 131.624mph. Kevin Harvick was second fastest at 131.556mph, and Kyle Busch was third quick at 131.488mph.

Completing the top five were Denny Hamlin (131.456mph) and Jimmie Johnson (131.438mph).

The rest of the top 10 were Erik Jones (131.275mph), Alex Bowman (131.175mph), Aric Almirola (131.107mph), Joey Logano (131.103mph) and Brad Keselowski (131.067mph).

There were three incidents during the session.

Kyle Larson needed repairs to the right rear of No. 42 after slapping the wall early in the going. Larson had not completed a lap before making contact.

Also, Michael McDowell is going to a backup car after a hard crash in Turn 3. McDowell said it felt as though something broke in the back of his car when he spun and hit with the driver’s side into the outside wall.

Landon Cassill brought a caution out with less than nine minutes remaining. Cassill hit the Turn 3 wall hard and wound up with heavy damage to the right side and rear of the No. 00. He will also be in a backup car for Sunday.

Two drivers had to serve penalties during the session. Denny Hamlin lost 15 minutes of practice because his car failed pre-qualifying inspection twice last weekend at Kentucky. Kasey Kahne also lost 15 minutes of practice because his car failed pre-qualifying inspection twice yesterday.

UP NEXT: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

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