NASCAR – Aric Almirola puts down fastest lap in Texas practice

NASCAR – Aric Almirola puts down fastest lap in Texas practice


Practice 3 | Full practice speeds

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. topped the leaderboard in Saturday’s second  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway in the No.  17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at 192.349 mph.

Right behind him was fellow Ford stablemate Kurt Busch at 192.075 mph in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing entry.

Rounding out the top five were Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota (191.884 mph), Paul Menard in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford (191.884 mph) and Ryan Blaney, P5 in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford (191.761 mph).

Other NASCAR Playoffs drivers landed on the speed chart as follows: Kevin Harvick, P7 in the No. 4 SHR Ford (191.625 mph) Kyle Busch, P8 in the No. 18 JGR Toyota (191.625 mph), Aric Almirola, who led the first practice of the day, P9 in the No. 10 SHR Ford (191.625 mph), Chase Elliott, P17 in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (190.402 mph), Joey Logano, P18 in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford (190.235 mph) and Clint Bowyer, P22 in the No. 14 SHR Ford (190.054 mph)

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest Chevrolet driver on the board at 191.096 mph, only good enough for P11 on the leaderboard.

Drivers next hit the track for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) as the Round of 8 continues.

Practice 2 | Full practice speeds

Aric Almirola topped the leaderboard in Saturday’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway at 193.854 mph in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

Right behind him was spring Fort Worth winner Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 193.805 mph.

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Rounding out the top five were SHR’s Clint Bowyer at 193.771 mph in the No. 14 Ford, Brad Keselowski at 193.555 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford and Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 JGR Toyota, clocking in at 193.403 mph.

Martinsville winner and Championship 4 driver Joey Logano was ninth-fastest at 193.161 in the No. 22 Penske Ford.

The remaining NASCAR Playoffs drivers placed as follows: Kurt Busch, P6 in the No. 41 SHR Ford (193.313 mph) Kevin Harvick, P8 in the No. 4 SHR Ford (193.285 mph), Martin Truex Jr., P10 in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota (193.154 mph) and Chase Elliott, P19 in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (192.226 mph)

The next practice session is at 3 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports App. (NBCSN picks up coverage at 3:30 p.m. ET.) The Round of 8 continues Sunday in the AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN).



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