NSCS: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Leads Geico 500 First Practice at Talladega Superspeedway

Photo Credit: Noel Lanier

At the end of the first practice for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, it’d be Ricky Stenhouse Jr. topping the charts. The Roush Fenway Racing driver is looking for a good run this weekend following a 28th place finish at Richmond International Raceway.

Michael Waltrip was second quickest as he fills in for Brian Vickers behind the wheel of the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota this weekend. Chris Busecher was third quickest as he continues his role of interim driver with Front Row Motorsports in the No. 34 CSX/Play it Safe Ford. Denny Hamlin was fourth quickest, followed by David Ragan. Ragan has driven the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing since the second race of the season, filling in for Kyle Busch. This marks Ragan’s final weekend in the ride, though, as he will be shift over with Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 while Erik Jones steps behind the wheel of the No. 18.

Danica Patrick was sixth quickest after sponsor Go Daddy announced earlier this week they will not return for 2016, followed by Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne and Michael McDowell.

 

2015 NSCS GEICO 500 First Practice Session Speeds

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford 47.694 200.78 23 32 —.— —.—
2 55 Michael Waltrip Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 47.703 200.742 13 13 -0.009 -0.009
3 34 Chris Buescher(i) CSX/Play It Safe Ford 47.816 200.268 22 29 -0.122 -0.113
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 47.958 199.675 22 33 -0.264 -0.142
5 18 David Ragan Pedigree Toyota 47.961 199.662 6 28 -0.267 -0.003
6 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 47.966 199.641 6 21 -0.272 -0.005
7 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 47.971 199.621 6 32 -0.277 -0.005
8 15 Clint Bowyer PEAK Commercial & Industrial Toyota 47.99 199.542 8 17 -0.296 -0.019
9 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 48.008 199.467 18 28 -0.314 -0.018
10 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Ford 48.139 198.924 10 11 -0.445 -0.131
11 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Hungry Jack Chevrolet 48.155 198.858 13 13 -0.461 -0.016
12 27 Paul Menard Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet 48.16 198.837 21 31 -0.466 -0.005
13 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 48.167 198.808 13 20 -0.473 -0.007
14 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 48.213 198.619 14 32 -0.519 -0.046
15 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 48.215 198.61 15 27 -0.521 -0.002
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 48.305 198.24 15 32 -0.611 -0.09
17 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 48.331 198.134 14 28 -0.637 -0.026
18 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 48.339 198.101 3 26 -0.645 -0.008
19 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 48.395 197.872 15 22 -0.701 -0.056
20 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 48.463 197.594 9 22 -0.769 -0.068
21 46 Michael Annett Bene-fit Chevrolet 48.498 197.451 12 23 -0.804 -0.035
22 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 48.525 197.342 7 25 -0.831 -0.027
23 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 48.554 197.224 18 23 -0.86 -0.029
24 38 David Gilliland Farm Rich Ford 48.562 197.191 7 22 -0.868 -0.008
25 21 Ryan Blaney(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 48.569 197.163 7 20 -0.875 -0.007
26 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 48.579 197.122 7 18 -0.885 -0.01
27 43 Aric Almirola Fresh from Florida Ford 48.592 197.069 11 15 -0.898 -0.013
28 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 48.598 197.045 15 23 -0.904 -0.006
29 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 48.65 196.835 4 25 -0.956 -0.052
30 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Protection Chevrolet 48.659 196.798 9 14 -0.965 -0.009
31 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 48.669 196.758 18 24 -0.975 -0.01
32 40 Landon Cassill(i) Chevrolet 48.695 196.653 11 17 -1.001 -0.026
33 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 48.723 196.54 12 17 -1.029 -0.028
34 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 48.772 196.342 9 14 -1.078 -0.049
35 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 49.869 192.023 9 20 -2.175 -1.097
36 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank Ford 50.086 191.191 9 9 -2.392 -0.217
37 33 Brian Scott(i) Shore Lodge Chevrolet 50.186 190.81 4 12 -2.492 -0.1
38 98 Josh Wise Phoenix Construction Ford 50.342 190.219 8 8 -2.648 -0.156
39 32 Bobby Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford 50.469 189.74 4 12 -2.775 -0.127
40 7 Alex Bowman Golden Corral Chevrolet 50.494 189.646 6 6 -2.8 -0.025
41 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 50.497 189.635 9 14 -2.803 -0.003
42 23 JJ Yeley(i) Dr Pepper Toyota 50.806 188.482 5 5 -3.112 -0.309
43 62 Brendan Gaughan(i) Dia Thrive Chevrolet 50.847 188.33 2 4 -3.153 -0.041
44 83 Matt DiBenedetto # Dustless Blasting Toyota 51.17 187.141 2 2 -3.476 -0.323
45 26 Jeb Burton # Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota 51.202 187.024 12 12 -3.508 -0.032

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

Source: Timing and Scoring provided by NASCARMedia/NASCAR Statistics

About Ashley McCubbin 3102 Articles
Joining OnPitRoad.com mid-2013 season, Ashley McCubbin is now the Managing Editor and contributes to each racing division as needed. Since studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber, Ashley has published articles on a couple of different websites, while serving as a public relations representative for different short track teams. Born in North York, Ontario, Ashley currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area. She has spent her entire life at the short track level, falling in love with the sport at the age of five. Beyond her love of short track racing, she also has grown an interest for both NASCAR and the IndyCar Racing Series. She also enjoys taking photos and working on websites, while playing a couple rounds of Candy Crush afterwards.