Mears Fastest in Final Cup Practice at Richmond

Casey Mears topped the chart in final Sprint Cup Series practice at Richmond International Raceway.

The driver of the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 22.396 and a speed of 120.557 mph. Kyle Larson was second in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with a time of 22.482 and a speed of 120.096 mph. Martin Truex Jr. was third in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota with a time of 22.536 and a speed of 119.808 mph. Jamie McMurray was fourth in his No. 1 CGR Chevrolet with a time of 22.563 and a speed of 119.665 mph. Tony Stewart rounded out the top-10 in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with a time of 22.573 and a speed of 119.612 mph.

Greg Biffle was sixth in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Denny Hamlin was seventh in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Jimmie Johnson was eighth in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Kurt Busch was ninth in his No. 41 SHR Chevrolet. Joey Logano rounded out the top-10 in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

Carl Edwards, whose fastest single lap was 20th fastest in his No. 19 JGR Toyota, posted the fastest 10 consecutive lap average at a speed of 116.652 mph.

The Sprint Cup Series is back on track at 5:45 p.m.

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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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