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Kyle Larson, Martin Truex, Jr. Tie in Cup Practice at New Hampshire

Kyle Larson and Martin Truex, Jr. tied atop the scoring pylon in the first practice Saturday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

At a lap of 132.186 mph, the two Chase drivers were slightly faster than the rest of the Chase field. The first nine times were clocked in by Chase drivers.

The winner of the last two races at New Hampshire, Matt Kenseth was third on the board (132.085 mph). Former Loudon winner Denny Hamlin was fourth (132.030 mph) and rookie Chase Elliott (131.980 mph) rounded out the top 5.

Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were the rest of the Chase drivers that filled up the top nine positions. Greg Biffle, who has scored two consecutive top-5 finishes at New Hampshire, was the first non-Chase driver in 10th.

Other Chase drivers included Jamie McMurray, who was 11th on the scoring chart, Joey Logano 14th, Kurt Busch 15th, Brad Keselowski 18th, Tony Stewart 19th, Austin Dillon 23rd and Chris Buescher 33rd.

Three minutes into the session, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. brought out the lone caution, spinning while exiting turn 2.

Truex was quickest of the 22 drivers who made a run of 10 consecutive laps (131.139 mph)

Final practice is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET.

 

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