As the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s lone triumph in the 1995 Brickyard 400 approaches, his son is now showing potential to accomplish the same feat.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. laid down a 181.466-mph lap to top the second practice session for Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski ended the session in second after hitting a speed of 181.448 mph on a mock qualifying run. Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will look to give owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR victory at the Brickyard.
Jeff Gordon put down the sixth quickest time as he prepares for his final Indianapolis start with a speed of 181.189 mph. Martin Truex, Jr., David Ragan, Ryan Blaney and 2010 winner Jamie McMurray finished out the top 10.
The session was marred by strange cautions in the early going. Denny Hamlin, who topped the opening practice earlier in the day, was heading out to complete his first laps of second practice when his hood flew up over his windshield. Hamlin would finally make his way to the track late in the session, finishing 12th on the charts.
Another caution fell shortly after Hamlin’s incident when a large piece of lead fell out of Timmy Hill’s No. 98 Ford. No drivers made contact with the heavy weight and practice resumed upon its removal from the racing surface. Hill is driving his second race for low-budget Premium Motorsports after Josh Wise parted ways with the team earlier this month.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for final practice at 4 p.m. ET.
|POS.||CAR #||DRIVER||MANUFACTURER||SPONSOR||BEST SPEED||BEST TIME||BEHIND|
|1||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Chevrolet||Nationwide||181.466||49.596||Leader|
|2||2||Brad Keselowski||Ford||Miller Lite||181.448||49.601||0.005|
|5||15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||5-Hour Energy||181.331||49.633||0.037|
|7||78||Martin Truex Jr||Chevrolet||Furniture Row/Visser Precision||180.981||49.729||0.133|
|8||55||David Ragan||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||180.89||49.754||0.158|
|9||21||Ryan Blaney||Ford||Motorcraft / Quick Lane / JDRF||180.785||49.783||0.187|
|11||48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Kobalt Tools||180.068||49.981||0.385|
|12||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Express||179.968||50.009||0.413|
|14||4||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Jimmy John's/ Budweiser||179.583||50.116||0.52|
|15||20||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Dollar General||179.361||50.178||0.582|
|16||14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops||178.827||50.328||0.732|
|17||25||Chase Elliott||Chevrolet||NAPA Auto Parts||178.798||50.336||0.74|
|18||13||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS||178.71||50.361||0.765|
|21||3||Austin Dillon||Chevrolet||Dow - Mycogen||177.089||50.822||1.226|
|22||27||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Duracell / Menards||176.765||50.915||1.319|
|23||16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford Fusion||176.533||50.982||1.386|
|24||41||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Haas Automation||176.412||51.017||1.421|
|26||95||Michael McDowell||Ford||Thrivent Financial||176.056||51.12||1.524|
|27||6||Trevor Bayne||Ford||Advocare Ford Fusion||175.929||51.157||1.561|
|28||35||Cole Whitt||Ford||Speed Stick||175.761||51.206||1.61|
|29||22||Joey Logano||Ford||Shell Pennzoil||175.709||51.221||1.625|
|30||47||AJ Allmendinger||Chevrolet||Kroger/Kingsford Charcoat||174.863||51.469||1.873|
|32||33||Brian Scott||Chevrolet||Shore Lodge||174.068||51.704||2.108|
|33||83||Matt DiBenedetto||Toyota||VooDoo BBQ & Grill||173.759||51.796||2.2|
|35||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Ford||NOS Energy Drink Ford Fusion||173.304||51.932||2.336|
|36||26||Jeb Burton||Toyota||Maxim Fantasy Sports/Estes||173.004||52.022||2.426|
|37||9||Sam Hornish Jr||Ford||Medallion Bank||173.004||52.022||2.426|
|38||32||Josh Wise||Ford||Brandise Machinery||172.941||52.041||2.445|
|39||34||Brett Moffitt||Ford||CSX Play It Safe||172.907||52.051||2.455|
|41||7||Alex Bowman||Chevrolet||Marsh Supermarkets Chevrolet||172.341||52.222||2.626|
|42||46||Michael Annett||Chevrolet||Switch Hitch||171.999||52.326||2.73|
|44||23||J.J. Yeley||Toyota||Dr. Pepper||170.058||52.923||3.327|
|46||98||Timmy Hill||Ford||Curb Records||167.454||53.746||4.15|
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