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10/30/10
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NASCAR concerned about high speeds UPDATE #2 NASCAR was comfortable enough with the speeds in practice Friday that it will not change the restrictor plates for the Amp Energy Juice 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If NASCAR wanted to make a change, it likely would have done it when the garage opened Saturday morning prior to inspection for qualifying. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said he was OK with the speeds Friday, which did include a two-car draft of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch that allowed the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates to turn a lap of 201 mph. No one else cracked 198 mph. Hamlin and Busch were on new tires and were catching a pack of cars, which possibly increased their speed. In the race, two cars working together will start in a pack and then pull away with the nose of the second car pushing the rear of the first car around the track. Scene Daily

10/30/10 Two drivers exceeded 201 mph in the first Sprint Cup practice Friday, causing concern by NASCAR officials. Denny Hamlin turned a lap at 201.664 mph in the #11 Toyota, and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch was second at 201.109 mph in the #18 Toyota. Typically, NASCAR makes a rule change and uses a smaller restrictor plate at Daytona or Talladega if speeds approach 200 mph or more. "We'll take a look at it," said Kerry Tharp, NASCAR's director of communications. "It may just have been an odd situation in the draft for that particular practice session. We hope we don't have to make a change." The top speed in the final practice session Friday was much slower, 197.814 mph by Mark Martin. This is an impound race, meaning only minor alterations are allowed on the cars after qualifying Saturday morning. There is no Saturday practice session. If NASCAR decides to change the restrictor plate, it wouldn't happen until Saturday morning. NASCAR is using the same rules package this weekend that produced a record 88 lead changes among 29 different leaders in the April race at Talladega. ESPN.com

10/29/10 Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch both topped the 200-mph mark Friday during the first Sprint Cup practice at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hamlin, who trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by just six points, clicked off a fast lap of 201.664 mph on the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Busch (201.109) was the only other driver to eclipse 200 mph.

Jamie McMurray (Earnhardt Ganassi Racing) was third while Chase competitors Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports) and Johnson (Hendrick) completed the top five.

Fellow Chase competitors Carl Edwards (Roush Fenway Racing) was 15th, Richard Childress Racing’s Clint Bowyer was 16th and Matt Kenseth (Roush) 17th.

Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing) and Jeff Burton (RCR) were 21st and 22nd while Greg Biffle (Roush), Kurt Busch (Penske Racing) and Kevin Harvick (RCR) were 29th, 30th and 31st, respectively.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 10th.

Practice Results

FIN CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 201.664 47.485 Leader
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 201.109 47.616 -0.131
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Dale Earnhardt Tribute 197.684 48.441 -0.956
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard / DuPont 197.663 48.446 -0.961
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 196.338 48.773 -1.288
6 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kleenex / Clorox 196.266 48.791 -1.306
7 83 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 196.266 48.791 -1.306
8 9 Aric Almirola Ford Budweiser 196.250 48.795 -1.310
9 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 196.189 48.810 -1.325
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet The Legend of Hallowdega Amp Energy Juice / National Guard 196.073 48.839 -1.354
11 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 195.852 48.894 -1.409
12 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 195.808 48.905 -1.420
13 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 195.668 48.940 -1.455
14 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 195.552 48.969 -1.484
15 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 195.377 49.013 -1.528
16 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 195.082 49.087 -1.602
17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black 194.947 49.121 -1.636
18 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 194.935 49.124 -1.639
19 34 Robert Richardson Jr. Ford A&W All American Food 194.884 49.137 -1.652
20 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Valvoline 194.721 49.178 -1.693
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 194.598 49.209 -1.724
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Cat Financial 194.520 49.229 -1.744
23 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 194.480 49.239 -1.754
24 98 Paul Menard Ford Serta / Menards 194.464 49.243 -1.758
25 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 194.452 49.246 -1.761
26 37 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 194.365 49.268 -1.783
27 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 194.243 49.299 -1.814
28 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Speed Energy 193.992 49.363 -1.878
29 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 193.972 49.368 -1.883
30 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Operation Home Front / Miller Lite 193.827 49.405 -1.920
31 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Realtree / Shell - Pennzoil 193.372 49.521 -2.036
32 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Hunt Brothers Pizza 193.271 49.547 -2.062
33 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 193.205 49.564 -2.079
34 71 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet ModSpace / TRG Motorsports 192.727 49.687 -2.202
35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota HostGator.com 184.654 51.859 -4.374
36 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 184.104 52.014 -4.529
37 09 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Komatsu / Tractor & Equipment Company 182.480 52.477 -4.992
38 46 Michael McDowell Chevrolet Whitney's Collision Centers 182.327 52.521 -5.036
39 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 182.254 52.542 -5.057
40 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 182.098 52.587 -5.102
41 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron's 55th Anniversary 181.898 52.645 -5.160
42 26 Bill Elliott Ford Air National Guard 180.302 53.111 -5.626
43 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 180.132 53.161 -5.676
44 164 Landon Cassill Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 179.743 53.276 -5.791
45 197 Jeff Fuller Toyota HeatRedefined.com - - -
46 66 Johnny Sauter Toyota Prism Motorsports - - -

* Denotes Rookie

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