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Carl Edwards Tops Opening 2015 Pure Michigan 400 Practice

Looking for his first win since the May 24 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards topped the field in their first laps with the new high-drag package at Michigan.

Edwards put down a 36.726-second lap to top Friday’s opening practice session for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The Columbia, Missouri, native took the top spot on his final run of the session, ending the lap with an average speed of 196.046 mph around the 2-mile circuit.

Kevin Harvick ended the session in second after laying down a 36.950-second circuit around the Brooklyn, Michigan, track. Harvick, 39, is looking for his first win since claiming back-to-back races at Las Vegas and Phoenix in March.

Austin Dillon (36.984) ended the session in third with an average speed of 194.679 mph on his quickest lap. Tony Stewart (36.997) and Denny Hamlin (37.088) rounded out the top five, with Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, David Ragan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth finishing out the top 10.

Matt Crafton participated in the practice session in the No. 43 Ford typically driven by Aric Almirola. Almirola, who currently sits 16th in series points, sat the session out while suffering from illness. Crafton, who made his first-career NSCS start in the season-opening Daytona 500, ended the session in 29th.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to Michigan International Speedway for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 5:05 p.m. ET.

2015 PURE MICHIGAN 400 FIRST PRACTICE SPEEDS

PositionCar No.DriverManu.SponsorAvg. SpeedTimeDiff.
119Carl EdwardsToyotaArris196.04636.726Leader
24Kevin HarvickChevroletJimmy John's/ Budweiser194.85836.950.224
33Austin DillonChevroletDow194.67936.9840.258
414Tony StewartChevroletMobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops194.6136.9970.271
511Denny HamlinToyotaFedEx Freight194.13337.0880.362
65Kasey KahneChevroletFarmers Insurance193.90337.1320.406
718Kyle BuschToyotaInterstate Batteries193.85637.1410.415
855David RaganToyotaAaron's Dream Machine Online Version193.79837.1520.426
988Dale Earnhardt JrChevroletMicrosoft193.56937.1960.47
1020Matt KensethToyotaDollar General193.54337.2010.475
1122Joey LoganoFordShell Pennzoil193.29937.2480.522
1241Kurt BuschChevroletHaas Automation193.0437.2980.572
139Sam Hornish JrFordTransportation Impact192.85437.3340.608
1421Ryan BlaneyFordMotorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center192.80237.3440.618
1524Jeff GordonChevroletPepsi192.79237.3460.62
1648Jimmie JohnsonChevroletLOWES192.7437.3560.63
1747AJ AllmendingerChevroletKroger/Scott'Products192.62737.3780.652
1878Martin Truex JrChevroletFurniture Row/Visser Precision192.3837.4260.7
191Jamie McMurrayChevroletCessna/McDonald's192.26137.4490.723
2031Ryan NewmanChevroletCaterpillar192.24637.4520.726
216Trevor BayneFordAdvocare Ford Fusion192.08237.4840.758
222Brad KeselowskiFordMiller Lite191.92337.5150.789
2316Greg BiffleFordOrtho Ford Fusion191.81637.5360.81
2410Danica PatrickChevroletGoDaddy191.28137.6410.915
2527Paul MenardChevroletRichmond/Menards191.2637.6450.919
2642Kyle LarsonChevroletTarget191.23537.650.924
2715Clint BowyerToyota5-Hour Energy191.08337.680.954
2813Casey MearsChevroletNo. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS190.8537.7261
2943Matt CraftonFord190.75937.7441.018
3051Justin AllgaierChevroletBrandt190.59737.7761.05
3117Ricky Stenhouse JrFordZest Ford Fusion189.38938.0171.291
3246Michael AnnettChevroletPilot Flying J188.80838.1341.408
337Alex BowmanChevroletAdvanced Patient Care188.07338.2831.557
3438David GillilandFordMDS Transportation187.77938.3431.617
3583Matt DiBenedettoToyotaCosmo Motors187.74438.351.624
3635Cole WhittFordDockside Logistics LLC187.7138.3571.631
3726Jeb BurtonToyotaMaxim/Estes187.62238.3751.649
3834Brett MoffittFordCSX Play It Safe187.38338.4241.698
3940Landon CassillChevroletSnap Fitness187.27138.4471.721
4032Josh WiseFordSKUTTLE TIGHT184.38839.0482.322
4133Travis KvapilChevroletTBA183.50539.2362.51
4298Timmy HillFordPremium Motorsports180.47439.8953.169
4362Reed SorensonChevroletPremium Motorsports180.22539.953.224
4423J.J. YeleyToyotaDr. Pepper178.13840.4183.692

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BIff Stenhouse

Practice? ….we’re talking about PRACRICE?!? Funny that Carl is on top after his chilly mid practice interview, where he gave the drag & rules package …em …other than glowing reviews. Interesting to hear such inauthentic pseudo-political double-speak rhetoric coming from a stock car driver! Pretty sure what he wanted to say was more like what KyBu remarked after winning the first COT race, hehehe! My, how things have changed!

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*PRACTICE (no delete button, smh?)

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