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NSCS: Kurt Busch Leads Final STP 500 Practice at Martinsville Speedway

At the end of the final practice for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, it’d be Kurt Busch topping the charts with a lap of 19.502 seconds. Busch won this event last year and enters this race coming off of a pair of top-five finishes.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were second and third, respectively. They’re both looking for their ninth career victory at Martinsville Speedway. Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman would round out the top-five.

Kasey Kahne was sixth quickest, followed by Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. Biffle would make slight contact with the wall as a result of a spin during the session, but his Roush Fenway Racing team was able to fix it.

Alex Bowman also ran into problems during the session, losing power and slowly crawling to the garage. They also began their first bits of close quarter racing, running four-wide at one point, while Austin Dillon and Danica Patrick made contact going into Turn 3 after battling hard for the past couple laps in practice.

 

2015 NSCS STP 500 Final Practice Session Speeds

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 19.502 97.098 9 69 —.— —.—
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 19.56 96.81 12 62 -0.058 -0.058
3 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 19.577 96.726 11 65 -0.075 -0.017
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 19.592 96.652 34 50 -0.09 -0.015
5 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 19.603 96.598 10 52 -0.101 -0.011
6 5 Kasey Kahne Farmer’s Insurance Chevrolet 19.609 96.568 51 71 -0.107 -0.006
7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 19.631 96.46 8 94 -0.129 -0.022
8 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 19.632 96.455 40 81 -0.13 -0.001
9 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 19.633 96.45 54 62 -0.131 -0.001
10 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 19.649 96.371 11 44 -0.147 -0.016
11 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 19.659 96.322 34 52 -0.157 -0.01
12 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser PrecisionChevrolet 19.666 96.288 29 39 -0.164 -0.007
13 10 Danica Patrick TaxAct Chevrolet 19.675 96.244 16 50 -0.173 -0.009
14 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 19.676 96.239 12 57 -0.174 -0.001
15 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 19.685 96.195 11 65 -0.183 -0.009
16 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 19.701 96.117 8 35 -0.199 -0.016
17 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush’s Beans Chevrolet 19.703 96.107 36 60 -0.201 -0.002
18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 19.704 96.102 11 67 -0.202 -0.001
19 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 19.725 96 39 65 -0.223 -0.021
20 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 19.735 95.951 7 56 -0.233 -0.01
21 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 19.736 95.947 52 67 -0.234 -0.001
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 19.739 95.932 8 37 -0.237 -0.003
23 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank/Mercury Marine Ford 19.741 95.922 8 39 -0.239 -0.002
24 3 Austin Dillon Cheerios Chevrolet 19.741 95.922 4 53 -0.239 0
25 18 David Ragan M&M’s Crispy Toyota 19.75 95.879 4 69 -0.248 -0.009
26 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet 19.76 95.83 7 72 -0.258 -0.01
27 25 Chase Elliott(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 19.769 95.786 35 60 -0.267 -0.009
28 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 19.77 95.782 13 60 -0.268 -0.001
29 55 Brett Moffitt # Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 19.788 95.694 50 74 -0.286 -0.018
30 51 Justin Allgaier Fraternal Order of Eagles/Switch HitchChevrolet 19.814 95.569 14 61 -0.312 -0.026
31 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 19.816 95.559 8 41 -0.314 -0.002
32 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC/Toy State Car Chevrolet 19.823 95.525 27 42 -0.321 -0.007
33 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 19.864 95.328 39 47 -0.362 -0.041
34 46 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 19.871 95.295 7 56 -0.369 -0.007
35 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 19.916 95.079 20 33 -0.414 -0.045
36 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 19.918 95.07 34 53 -0.416 -0.002
37 32 Mike Bliss(i) CorvetteParts.net Ford 19.923 95.046 8 46 -0.421 -0.005
38 26 Jeb Burton # Maxim.com Toyota 19.961 94.865 7 26 -0.459 -0.038
39 34 Chris Buescher(i) A&W All American Food Ford 19.963 94.856 43 54 -0.461 -0.002
40 35 Cole Whitt Ford 19.987 94.742 13 31 -0.485 -0.024
41 83 Matt DiBenedetto Dr. Pepper Toyota 20.093 94.242 9 45 -0.591 -0.106
42 33 Alex Kennedy # Dream Factory Chevrolet 20.133 94.055 6 41 -0.631 -0.04
43 23 JJ Yeley(i) American Cancer Society Toyota 20.157 93.943 6 38 -0.655 -0.024

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

Source: Timing and Scoring provided by NASCARMedia/NASCAR Statistics

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