Truex Fastest in First Cup Practice at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Martin Truex Jr. topped the chart in first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Martinsville Speedway. The driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota was the fastest with a time of 19.776 and a speed of 95.752 mph.

There was parity amongst the manufacturers in the Top-10, with four Ford’s, three Chevrolet’s and three Toyota’s.

Brad Keselowski timed in second with a lap of 19.798 and a speed of 95.646 mph, Kyle Busch timed third with a time of 19.888 and a speed of 95.213 mph, Ryan Newman timed in fourth with a time of 19.891 and a speed of 95.199 mph and Kurt Busch rounded out the Top-five with a time of 19.913 and a speed of 95.094 mph.

Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the Top-10.

Truex posted the fastest 10 consecutive lap average at a speed of 95.054 mph.


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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2023, I'm on my eighth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Your Name" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."


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