Hamlin turns fastest lap Friday at the Brickyard

Denny Hamlin

In NASCAR's first practice session with the new high-drag rules package at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Denny Hamlin turned a 49.934-second lap to top opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.

Hamlin is looking to give Joe Gibbs Racing their first win at IMS since Tony Stewart’s second triumph in 2007, Hamlin averaged 182.208 mph in his No. 11 FedEx Toyota, making him the only one to top 182 mph in all three practice sessions.

Four-time winner Jimmie Johnson ended the session in second, clocking a speed of 181.796 mph. Johnson was followed by 2003 victor Kevin Harvick (181.756), five-time winner Jeff Gordon (181.444), who will make his final Brickyard start on Sunday and two-time winner Stewart (181.214) to round out the top-5 speeds.

Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. made up the back half of the top 10.

Results

Pos No. Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 182.208 49.394 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Kobalt Tools 181.796 49.506 0.112
3 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's/ Budweiser 181.756 49.517 0.123
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 3M 181.444 49.602 0.208
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 181.214 49.665 0.271
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 181.192 49.671 0.277
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Nationwide 181.046 49.711 0.317
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's/Cessna 180.796 49.78 0.386
9 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 180.792 49.781 0.387
10 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row/Visser Precision 180.585 49.838 0.444
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Skittles 180.433 49.88 0.486
12 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 180.382 49.894 0.5
13 55 David Ragan Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 180.27 49.925 0.531
14 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 180.198 49.945 0.551
15 25 Chase Elliott Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts 179.939 50.017 0.623
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford Fusion 179.917 50.023 0.629
17 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Stanley 179.87 50.036 0.642
18 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 179.702 50.083 0.689
19 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 179.655 50.096 0.702
20 21 Ryan Blaney Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane / JDRF 179.623 50.105 0.711
21 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Duracell / Menards 179.247 50.21 0.816
22 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow – Mycogen 179.154 50.236 0.842
23 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 179.119 50.246 0.852
24 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet FARMERS 178.543 50.408 1.014
25 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 178.334 50.467 1.073
26 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Grainger 177.961 50.573 1.179
27 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kroger/Kingsford Charcoat 177.936 50.58 1.186
28 43 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 177.883 50.595 1.201
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford NOS Energy Drink Ford Fusion 177.69 50.65 1.256
30 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford Medallion Bank 177.417 50.728 1.334
31 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare Ford Fusion 176.842 50.893 1.499
32 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 176.074 51.115 1.721
33 38 David Gilliland Ford FFA 176.074 51.115 1.721
34 95 Michael McDowell Ford Thrivent Financial 175.853 51.179 1.785
35 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet TBA 175.637 51.242 1.848
36 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet Shore Lodge 174.822 51.481 2.087
37 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet Marsh Supermarkets Chevrolet 174.223 51.658 2.264
38 35 Cole Whitt Ford Speed Stick 174.068 51.704 2.31
39 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet Switch Hitch 173.772 51.792 2.398
40 32 Josh Wise Ford Brandise Machinery 173.581 51.849 2.455
41 34 Brett Moffitt Ford CSX Play It Safe 172.596 52.145 2.751
42 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota VooDoo BBQ & Grill 172.463 52.185 2.791
43 26 Jeb Burton Toyota Maxim Fantasy Sports/Estes 171.707 52.415 3.021
44 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota Dr. Pepper 169.985 52.946 3.552

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