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Ryan Newman fastest in first Sprint Cup practice session

Ryan Newman set the pace in the first practice for the Sprint Cup cars at Darlington Raceway. Newman’s fast lap was 27.812 seconds with a speed of 176.816 mph. Second quick in the session was Carl Edwards, clocking a lap of 27.894 seconds for a speed of 176.296 mph. The third fastest driver in the session was Kurt Busch who turned in a lap of 27.996 seconds which is a speed of 175.654 mph. Unfortunately for Busch he hit the wall in turn one right before rain arrived to cut the first practice session short and will be going to a back up car. Denny Hamlin, working on repeating his victory from last Spring at the Lady in Black was fourth fast in the first practice notching a 28.018 second lap at a speed of 175.516 mph. Rounding out the top five in practice was Kasey Kahne, whose last lap of the session before the caution flew for rain was 28.019 seconds for a 175.509 mph lap.

Rain shortened the session and looks like it will cancel the second practice but should be out of the area by the time qualifying is scheduled to start.

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