Joe Gibbs Racing continues to have a great month at NASCAR’s “home” track. Carl Edwards, driving their No. 19 Toyota was the quickest in Thursday’s first Sprint Cup Series practice session for the Coca-Cola 600 held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards took a time at a speed of 192.793 mph.
Edwards’s Toyota beat out the Chevrolets of Jimmie Johnson (191.673 mph), Kasey Kahne (191.639 mph), and Kevin Harvick (191.442 mph). David Ragan, running just his third event with Michael Waltrip Racing, was fifth in the Aaron’s Dream Machine at a speed of 191.435 mph.
Sixth in the session was Brad Keselowski followed by Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin. Larson ran the most laps (19) in the session in which most teams did mock qualifying runs.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 11th with Greg Biffle in 12th and Clint Bowyer in 13th. Martin Truex Jr. and Paul Menard were 14th and 15th, with Matt Kenseth slotting in 16th. Tony Stewart was 17th fastest followed by Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano.
All 48 cars took time in the hour and 25 minute qualifying session. Among those in jeopardy of missing the event are Travis Kvapil, running a second car for Hillman Racing and Jeff Green of The Motorsports Group. Both were well outside the top-36 fastest times and don’t have a provisional to fall back on.