Hamlin fastest in final practice

Denny Hamlin topped the chart in final Sprint Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway.

The driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 36.386 and a speed of 197.878 mph. Chase Elliott was second in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a time of 36.403 and a speed of 197.786 mph. Jimmie Johnson was third in his No. 48 HMS Chevrolet with a time of 36.420 and a speed of 197.694 mph. Kasey Kahne was fourth in his No. 5 HMS Chevrolet with a time of 36.464 and a speed of 197.455 mph. Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford with a time of 36.472 and a speed of 197.412 mph.

Kurt Busch was sixth in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Joey Logano was seventh in his No. 22 Penske Ford. Kyle Larson was eighth in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Carl Edwards was ninth in his No. 19 JGR Toyota. Alex Bowman rounded out the top-10 in his No. 88 HMS Chevrolet.

Larson posted the fastest 10 consecutive lap average at a speed of 196.346 mph. Elliott was second at an average speed of 196.015 mph. Johnson was third at an average speed of 195.995 mph.

During the session, Hamlin got loose exiting turn 4 and his car went nose-first through the frontstretch grass. He suffered minor damage to the left front-end of his car. Whether they chose to repair the damage or go to a backup car was unknown at the time of this piece’s publishing.

The session was shortened by lightning in the area.


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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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