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Denny Hamlin Scorches Field in Opening Indy Cup Practice

Denny Hamlin must still be running from that lobster from New Hampshire Victory Lane last week, because he is fast this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Circling the 2.5-mile track in 48.022 seconds, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver bested second-place by 0.480 seconds, a whopping margin given the competitive fields seen in 2017.

Martin Truex Jr. was that next man, hitting a 48.502, while Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson completed the top five.

Unlike Friday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was under a blanket of clouds for their opening session in preparation for the 24th Brickyard 400. Affecting track temperature, Kahne and Chase Elliott ran the most laps at 23 while all 40 cars took times.

Two-time defending race winner Kyle Busch ended sixth quick with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski the top 10.

Click here for full practice results.

 

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