NSCS: Toyota On Top; Martin Truex Jr. Leads First Sprint Cup Series Practice at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Drew Hallowell/Getty Images North America photo —

Martin Truex Jr. unloaded fast Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway, leading the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice of the weekend on the 1.5 mile oval behind the wheel of his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet.

Truex Jr. was the only driver to break the 28-second bracket, posting a time of 27.995 seconds (192.892 mph). He was followed by a duo of Penske Racing drivers. Brad Keselowski lead the duo with a lap of 28.101 seconds (192.164 mph), while Joey Logano finished in third during the practice session with a lap of 28.104 seconds (192.143 mph).

Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon was fourth (28.182 seconds/191.612 mph), while Brian Vickers, continuing his substitute roll for Tony Stewart, rounded out the top-five (28.187 seconds/191.578 mph).

Six-time Texas winner Jimmie Johnson was sixth, followed by Martinsville runner-up AJ Allmendinger in seventh spot.

Greg Biffle, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney were the final three drivers inside the top-10.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads towards Friday and qualifying for Saturday nights race. The qualifying session goes green at 2:45 p.m. ET, live on Fox Sports 1.



  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Austin Dillon
  5. Brian Vickers
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. AJ Allmendinger
  8. Greg Biffle
  9. Kyle Larson
  10. Ryan Blaney
  11. Matt Kenseth
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. Chase Elliott
  14. Aric Almirola
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. Regan Smith
  17. Ty Dillon
  18. Denny Hamlin
  19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  20. Trevor Bayne
  21. Carl Edwards
  22. Danica Patrick
  23. Paul Menard
  24. Kevin Harvick
  25. Kurt Busch
  26. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  27. Chris Buescher
  28. Kyle Busch
  29. Casey Mears
  30. Brian Scott
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Clint Bowyer
  33. Jamie McMurray
  34. David Ragan
  35. Matt DiBenedetto
  36. Michael Annett
  37. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  38. Cole Whitt
  39. Reed Sorenson
  40. Josh Wise


About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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