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.
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.
Lap times are good. The car doesn't drive well though. Cup cars push so bad here on exit @IMS. Nothing seems to affect it.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 22, 2017
Next practice is at 11am EST running until 11:55am EST.
— Go Fas Racing (@GoFasRacing32) July 22, 2017
— FalciAdaptiveMotorsports (@FalciAdaptive) July 22, 2017
— The Motorsports Group (@TMGTEAMS) July 22, 2017
About the author
Growing up in Easton, Pa., Zach Catanzareti has grown his auto racing interest from fandom to professional. Joining Frontstretch in 2015, Zach enjoys nothing more than being at the track, having covered his first half-season of 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. With experience behind the wheel, behind the camera and in the media center, he thrives on being an all-around reporter.
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