NSCS: Bayne Crashes as Vickers Tops the Charts

Photo Credit: Mike Mercurio

Friday’s first Sprint Cup practice ended with a bang as Trevor Bayne locked up his brakes with just 27 seconds left in practice causing him to spin and hit the wall hard. Bayne ended the session in 34th, and will now have to go to a backup car for the rest of the weekend.

It was a practice session based on strategy. Teams have been looking at the radar for the past couple days, and are wary of rain hitting just as qualifying is set to begin today at Martinsville, so most teams split the session between race runs and qualifying runs.

Brian Vickers is in for Tony Stewart again this week and he was quickest in practice with a fast lap of 19.485. Vickers said earlier this week that Martinsville is one of his favorite tracks. Vickers grew up in Thomasville, North Carolina, just over an hour away from Martinsville.

A five-time Martinsville winner was second in practice. Denny Hamlin, from nearby Chesterfield, was second in practice. Hamlin won last year’s spring race at Martinsville after making the final pass for the lead with under 30 laps to go.

Joey Logano was third in practice at a lap of 19.534. Logano looks to forget about what happened at Martinsville last fall when he was taken out by Matt Kenseth while leading. Kenseth was multiple laps down when he turned and wrecked the No. 22. A win this weekend would surely help ease the pain of losing out on a grandfather clock for Logano.

Fourth in practice was Ryan Newman who won a controversial Martinsville race in 2012 after leading only 12 laps. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were leading on a late restart when Clint Bowyer drove into turn one a little hot and spun the two Hendrick teammates. Newman was able to take advantage of the spin and take the lead to win.

Coming off a 10th fastest run in Truck Series practice, Kyle Larson was fifth fastest in the first Cup practice of the day. Larson missed this race last year after a fainting spell during an autograph session on the morning of the race took him out of the car. Regan Smith ran the race in his place and finished 16th.

Rounding out the top-10 in practice were Kasey Kahne, Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray. Kenseth and McMurray were two of the big stories in the fall race at Martinsville last year. McMurray finished second to Jeff Gordon in what would be his last career win, and Kenseth was parked late in the race for intentionally crashing leader Joey Logano.

For the first time since Daytona, the Sprint Cup Series has a full field of 40 cars at the track with the addition of a second Premium Motorsports car driven by Reed Sorenson. All 40 cars will race on Sunday.

With a possible rain storm on the way, this practice session will set the field for Sunday’s race if qualifying gets rained out.

POS DRIVER LAPS FAST SPEED FAST TIME BEHIND
1 #14 Brian Vickers 36 97.182 19.485 Leader
2 #11 Denny Hamlin 23 97.108 19.500 0.015
3 #22 Joey Logano 18 97.088 19.504 0.019
4 #31 Ryan Newman 29 97.053 19.511 0.026
5 #42 Kyle Larson 34 97.023 19.517 0.032
6 #5 Kasey Kahne 42 96.894 19.543 0.058
7 #21 Ryan Blaney 22 96.795 19.563 0.078
8 #20 Matt Kenseth 16 96.711 19.580 0.095
9 #27 Paul Menard 24 96.681 19.586 0.101
10 #1 Jamie McMurray 32 96.622 19.598 0.113
11 #18 Kyle Busch 17 96.548 19.613 0.128
12 #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 67 96.529 19.617 0.132
13 #47 AJ Allmendinger 30 96.524 19.618 0.133
14 #13 Casey Mears 22 96.460 19.631 0.146
15 #78 Martin Truex Jr. 25 96.450 19.633 0.148
16 #2 Brad Keselowski 16 96.430 19.637 0.152
17 #4 Kevin Harvick 28 96.381 19.647 0.162
18 #41 Kurt Busch 23 96.327 19.658 0.173
19 #15 Clint Bowyer 28 96.200 19.684 0.199
20 #19 Carl Edwards 20 96.171 19.690 0.205
21 #43 Aric Almirola 29 96.171 19.690 0.205
22 #95 Michael McDowell 28 96.127 19.699 0.214
23 #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 32 96.000 19.725 0.240
24 #16 Greg Biffle 34 95.966 19.732 0.247
25 #38 Landon Cassill 49 95.946 19.736 0.251
26 #23 David Ragan 17 95.878 19.750 0.265
27 #24 Chase Elliott 34 95.859 19.754 0.269
28 #3 Austin Dillon 29 95.806 19.765 0.280
29 #10 Danica Patrick 34 95.791 19.768 0.283
30 #44 Brian Scott 37 95.733 19.780 0.295
31 #48 Jimmie Johnson 21 95.622 19.803 0.318
32 #83 Matt DiBenedetto 23 95.352 19.859 0.374
33 #30 Josh Wise 43 95.252 19.880 0.395
34 #6 Trevor Bayne 51 95.084 19.915 0.430
35 #34 Chris Buescher 47 94.979 19.937 0.452
36 #98 Cole Whitt 11 94.970 19.939 0.454
37 #55 Reed Sorenson 8 94.922 19.949 0.464
38 #32 Joey Gase 47 94.874 19.959 0.474
39 #7 Regan Smith 25 94.656 20.005 0.520
40 #46 Michael Annett 29 93.715 20.206 0.721
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