Two-Miler to the Paperclip: Truex Fastest in First Practice at Martinsville

Martin Truex Jr. was fastest in the first practice for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He ran a lap around the one-half-mile track in 19.776 seconds with an average speed of 95.752 MPH. Truex won last week at Auto Club Speedway, and looks for more success at the Paperclip. All 38 cars entered turned a lap and the session wasn’t slowed for any incidents.

The main concern during the section was the cold. With temperatures in the high 30s, brakes and tires took as many as 10 or 15 laps to get warmed up, and so times were shuffling quite a bit for the first five or so minutes of the session. Teams ran a mix of qualifying and race runs, but favored race runs, since qualifying looks likely to be rained (or snowed) out.

The final practice for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway 12:30 PM eastern Saturday. Qualifying will be at 5:10 PM eastern time on Saturday (weather permitting), and the STP 500 will take place at 2:00 PM eastern time on Sunday afternoon.

Below are the full results of the first practice for the STP 500 at Martinsville.

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Ryan Newman
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Chase Elliott
  7. Kyle Larson
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Ryan Blaney
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Ty Dillon
  13. AJ Allmendinger
  14. Daniel Suarez
  15. Kevin Harvick
  16. Jamie McMurray
  17. Erik Jones
  18. William Byron (Rookie)
  19. Aric Almirola
  20. Jimmie Johnson
  21. Austin Dillon
  22. Chris Buescher
  23. Paul Menard
  24. Alex Bowman
  25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  26. Trevor Bayne
  27. David Ragan
  28. Darrell Wallace Jr. (Rookie)
  29. Kasey Kahne
  30. Michael McDowell
  31. Gray Gaulding
  32. Cole Whitt
  33. Matt DiBenedetto
  34. Ross Chastain
  35. JJ Yeley
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. D.J. Kennington
  38. Harrison Rhodes

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