Denny Hamlin Fastest in Final Practice at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga.– Denny Hamlin topped the chart in the final session of Sprint Cup Series practice.  The driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota posted a time of 29.419 and a speed of 188.450 mph.

Martin Truex Jr. was second in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota with a time of 29.454 and a speed of 188.226 mph. Jimmie Johnson was third in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a time of 29.600 and a speed of 187.297 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fourth in his No. 88 HMS Chevrolet with a time of 29.632 and a speed of 187.095 mph as Chase Elliott rounded out the top-five in his No. 24 HMS Chevrolet with a time of 29.653 and a speed of 187.095 mph.

Kyle Busch was sixth in his No. 18 JGR Toyota followed by Jamie McMurray in seventh in his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Casey Mears was eighth in his No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet. Kurt Busch was ninth in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet while Ryan Newman rounded out the top-10 in his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

McMurray posted the fastest 10 consecutive lap average at a speed of 181.480 mph. Newman was second at a speed of 181.259 mph and Jimmie Johnson was third with a speed of 181.096 mph.

All that remains for the Sprint Cup Series cars is the race tomorrow at 1 p.m. on FOX.


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Tucker White
My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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