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Joey Logano Paces Lone Friday Practice at Martinsville

Anyone who watched the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races should not be surprised to see Joey Logano at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the first practice session of the weekend.

Logano, who won at Charlotte, Kansas, and Talladega earlier this month, posted a fast lap of 19.161 seconds, good for 98.826 mph. Jeff Gordon, in his last race at Martinsville, posted the second-fastest time at 19.251 seconds.

Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski was third in the session, with Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears, both looking to rebound after Talladega, rounding out the top five.

Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth completed the top 10 in the lone Friday session.

Chase drivers not in the top 10 include Martin Truex Jr. (13th), Carl Edwards (17th) and Kurt Busch (22nd).

Mears was the best non-Chase driver in the session.

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Amy is an 18-year veteran NASCAR writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found filling in from time to time on The Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and her monthly commentary Holding A Pretty Wheel (Thursdays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.

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