Menard fastest in first practice

Paul Menard topped the chart in first Sprint Cup Series practice at Pocono Raceway.

The driver of the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 50.722 and a speed of 177.438 mph. Denny Hamlin was second in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with a time of 50.731 and a speed of 177.406 mph. Kyle Busch was third in his No. 18 JGR Toyota with a time of 50.842 and a speed of 177.019 mph. Carl Edwards was fourth in his No. 19 JGR Toyota with a time of 50.854 and a speed of 176.977 mph. Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with a time of 50.957 and a speed of 176.620 mph.

Martin Truex Jr. was sixth in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Joey Logano was seventh in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Chase Elliott was eighth in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Ryan Newman was ninth in his No. 31 RCR Chevrolet. Austin Dillon rounded out the top-10 in his No. 3 RCR Chevrolet.

Danica Patrick, who’s fastest single lap was 23rd fastest, posted the fastest 10 consecutive lap average at a speed of 171.094 mph. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second at an average speed of 167.161 mph.


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Tucker White
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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