Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fastest in opening practice of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Feb. 23.
Stenhouse turned a lap of 29.745 seconds (186.384 mph) around the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Ga. He was seven-hundredths of a second faster than Kyle Larson, who was fastest for the majority of the session but was forced to settle for second.
Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon was 28th fastest in the session, with a lap of 30.503 seconds (181.753 mph).
35 of the 36 drivers turned a lap during the session, with Harrison Rhodes the sole driver to not hit the track. Jimmie Johnson, who was 16th quickest, ran 23 laps, the most of any driver during the session. He has won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 two out of the last three years.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET Friday. Coverage of the session is set to begin at 5 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
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