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NSCS: Denny Hamlin Leads STP 500 Saturday Morning Practice

When you come to Martinsville, there’s three drivers that are always good – Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Those three would be at the top of charts on Saturday morning.

Hamlin would top the charts with a lap of 19.499 seconds as he searches for his fifth victory at the paperclip. With Chevrolet having swept the previous eight races, the driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry commented on Friday that it’d be huge for his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team to win.

“It would be (huge) and obviously it’s been said 1000 times about when the last Toyota win has been,” Hamlin said. “It’s been tough and it’s been a hard year for the organization and the manufacturer. Not that a win here would just satisfy all those needs – we still know that realistically we’ve got a lot of work to do, but it definitely would take a lot of pressure off because right now we’re all in that hornets’ nest of the bubble spot if this thing comes down to points.”

Jimmie Johnson was second quickest, 0.025 seconds off of Hamlin, ahead of his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. Hamlin’s teammate Carl Edwards would round out the top-five.

Paul Menard was sixth, followed by Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., and Kevin Harvick. Defending race winner Kurt Busch was 12th.

 

2015 NSCS STP 500 Second Practice Session Speeds

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 19.499 97.113 35 53 —.— —.—
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 19.524 96.988 35 53 -0.025 -0.025
3 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 19.545 96.884 43 64 -0.046 -0.021
4 5 Kasey Kahne Farmer’s Insurance Chevrolet 19.559 96.815 10 63 -0.06 -0.014
5 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 19.58 96.711 8 58 -0.081 -0.021
6 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet 19.582 96.701 38 54 -0.083 -0.002
7 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 19.586 96.681 6 47 -0.087 -0.004
8 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 19.598 96.622 13 58 -0.099 -0.012
9 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 19.6 96.612 14 50 -0.101 -0.002
10 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 19.619 96.519 12 51 -0.12 -0.019
11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 19.625 96.489 16 67 -0.126 -0.006
12 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 19.626 96.484 11 66 -0.127 -0.001
13 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 19.629 96.47 10 46 -0.13 -0.003
14 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush’s Beans Chevrolet 19.647 96.381 11 37 -0.148 -0.018
15 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 19.654 96.347 41 48 -0.155 -0.007
16 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 19.656 96.337 6 44 -0.157 -0.002
17 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19.659 96.322 16 67 -0.16 -0.003
18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 19.689 96.176 38 59 -0.19 -0.03
19 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 19.69 96.171 10 22 -0.191 -0.001
20 25 Chase Elliott(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 19.691 96.166 19 64 -0.192 -0.001
21 55 Brett Moffitt # Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 19.694 96.151 27 73 -0.195 -0.003
22 3 Austin Dillon Cheerios Chevrolet 19.699 96.127 10 63 -0.2 -0.005
23 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 19.71 96.073 8 70 -0.211 -0.011
24 18 David Ragan M&M’s Crispy Toyota 19.716 96.044 15 54 -0.217 -0.006
25 51 Justin Allgaier Fraternal Order of Eagles/Switch Hitch Chevrolet 19.737 95.942 11 40 -0.238 -0.021
26 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 19.744 95.908 38 48 -0.245 -0.007
27 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 19.753 95.864 21 43 -0.254 -0.009
28 10 Danica Patrick TaxAct Chevrolet 19.774 95.762 47 62 -0.275 -0.021
29 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 19.786 95.704 35 54 -0.287 -0.012
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 19.789 95.69 25 38 -0.29 -0.003
31 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank/Mercury Marine Ford 19.793 95.67 5 31 -0.294 -0.004
32 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 19.796 95.656 7 43 -0.297 -0.003
33 46 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 19.804 95.617 32 45 -0.305 -0.008
34 26 Jeb Burton # Maxim.com Toyota 19.844 95.424 17 41 -0.345 -0.04
35 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC/Toy State Car Chevrolet 19.846 95.415 10 46 -0.347 -0.002
36 32 Mike Bliss(i) CorvetteParts.net Ford 19.858 95.357 13 14 -0.359 -0.012
37 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 19.867 95.314 22 39 -0.368 -0.009
38 34 Chris Buescher(i) A&W All American Food Ford 19.907 95.122 7 45 -0.408 -0.04
39 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 19.909 95.113 66 91 -0.41 -0.002
40 35 Cole Whitt Ford 19.92 95.06 24 29 -0.421 -0.011
41 33 Alex Kennedy # Dream Factory Chevrolet 20.036 94.51 13 43 -0.537 -0.116
42 83 Matt DiBenedetto Dr. Pepper Toyota 20.103 94.195 8 24 -0.604 -0.067
43 23 JJ Yeley(i) American Cancer Society Toyota 20.131 94.064 7 39 -0.632 -0.028

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series
# Denotes Rookie

Source: Timing and Scoring provided by NASCARMedia/NASCAR Statistics

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