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NASCAR Wednesday Practice 1 - speeds hit 198 mph  Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran 11 laps before suffering a blown motor and going to the garage during first practice on Wednesday for the Duels. He will change his engine and have to move to the back.

Earnhardt wasn't worried at all about the blown motor, saying the team will figure out what happened and that it was probably something logical.

"Everything seemed like it was working," he said. "Just trying to find a little more speed, and we found a few things that seemed to help the car. We'll try to get out in this next practice, and see what else we can learn, but everything should be fine."

Just a few laps before his motor issues, a three-car wreck involving Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman and Mark Martin sent all three to the garage. Martin's crew said they would be done for the day, while crews worked on Newman and Edwards' cars to attempt to get them out.

Newman, who came down on Edwards, saw a replay of the wreck and talked with Edwards.

"I think it’s just an aero situation, but that was news to me.  Carl (Edwards) came over and said ‘hey man’… I said ‘I don’t even know what to tell you yet’.  It was unfortunate for our Quicken Loans Chevrolet, but that is why we had practice," Newman said. "That was my first experience, but I guess my car just got light in the back going into the corner.”

Edwards had a similar assessment of the accident.

“I was up close to Ryan and then all of a sudden his car just got a little loose and there was no space.  I could have given him more space, but I don’t think either one of us really understands why his car got so loose.  It was just all of a sudden and he was turned sideways.  It’s really interesting and something I’m gonna be careful of during the race.”

Matt Kenseth got a flat tire while simulating a pit stop but was able to get back out on the track quickly.

Reigning champion Brad Keselowski had an issue early on in his run when he had an issue with his fuel system.

"Something went wrong with the fuel system in the car," Keselowski said. "That’s not what you want when you’re in front of the pack because when your car slows down, they’ve got nowhere to go and it could cause a wreck.  So we’re gonna spend a little extra time to make sure we’ve got whatever it is figured out.”

Michael Waltrip posted the top speed at 198.347 mph with a best time of 43.375 seconds.

Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer said they would not practice in the final practice, which is at 2:30 p.m. ET on SPEED.

Results

Pos Driver No. Make Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 Michael Waltrip 26 Toyota TBA 198.347 45.375 Leader
2 David Ragan 34 Ford Detail Doctor 198.133 45.424 -0.049
3 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Racing 198.133 45.424 -0.049
4 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Peak 197.946 45.467 -0.092
5 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M's 197.511 45.567 -0.192
6 Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal 197.485 45.573 -0.198
7 Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet Honey Nut Cheerios 197.459 45.579 -0.204
8 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Express 197.446 45.582 -0.207
9 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M 197.425 45.587 -0.212
10 Mark Martin 55 Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 197.386 45.596 -0.221
11 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General 197.351 45.604 -0.229
12 Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 197.316 45.612 -0.237
13 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 197.295 45.617 -0.242
14 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 197.273 45.622 -0.247
15 Regan Smith 51 Chevrolet Guy Roofing 197.247 45.628 -0.253
16 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 197.217 45.635 -0.260
17 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 197.191 45.641 -0.266
18 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 196.937 45.700 -0.325
19 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald's 196.816 45.728 -0.353
20 David Gilliland 38 Ford Love's Travel Stops 196.739 45.746 -0.371
21 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar 196.734 45.747 -0.372
22 Terry Labonte 32 Ford C&J Energy Services 196.567 45.786 -0.411
23 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Kroger 196.528 45.795 -0.420
24 Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 196.447 45.814 -0.439
25 David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 196.267 45.856 -0.481
26 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Best Buy 196.155 45.882 -0.507
27 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Florida Lottery 195.767 45.973 -0.598
28 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 195.763 45.974 -0.599
29 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 195.669 45.996 -0.621
30 Scott Speed 95 Ford TBA 195.363 46.068 -0.693
31 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 195.346 46.072 -0.697
32 Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 195.168 46.114 -0.739
33 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy Drink 195.168 46.114 -0.739
34 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota Florida DOT - D.A.B. Constructors 194.826 46.195 -0.820
35 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 194.401 46.296 -0.921
36 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 193.736 46.455 -1.080
37 Mike Bliss 19 Chevrolet G-Oil / Plinker Tactical 192.172 46.833 -1.458
38 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 191.685 46.952 -1.577
39 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 191.579 46.978 -1.603
40 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe's 191.436 47.013 -1.638
41 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet Golden Corral 186.027 48.380 -3.005
42 Brian Keselowski 52 Toyota TruckerFan.com 170.950 52.647 -7.272

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