CUP: Erik Jones Fastest in First Saturday Practice at Richmond

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Erik Jones (77) leads Joey Logano during Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice on Saturday morning at Richmond Int’l Raceway. (Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

RICHMOND, Va. — Furniture Row Racing is two-for-two this weekend when it comes to topping the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice charts at Richmond Int’l Raceway.

Rookie Erik Jones paced Saturday’s first Cup practice with a time of 22.367 seconds (120.714 mph) and also laid claim to the fastest 10-lap average (118.876 mph) during the session.

Jones is carrying the GameStop/Prey colors on the No. 77 Toyota at Richmond this weekend, showcasing an almost carbon copy of teammate Martin Truex Jr.’s Furniture Row scheme.

Two-time Richmond winner Kevin Harvick was second (120.048 mph), as both he and Chevrolet driver Paul Menard (120.005 mph) cracked the 120 mph barrier during practice.

JTG Daugherty Racing driver Chris Buescher slotted in fourth-fastest (119.973 mph), just ahead of Truex in fifth (119.941 mph).

The top-four in practice were the four fastest cars in the 10-lap average category.

Austin Dillon turned the sixth-fastest lap after Friday’s qualifying misfortunes put the 25-year-old driver shotgun for Sunday’s race.

Virginia native Denny Hamlin was seventh, followed by Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

37 cars took time during the 55-minute session.

The stars and cars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have one final practice session at 11:30 a.m. ET before Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.

Full practice results can be viewed on the next page…

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