Daniel Hemric Paces Opening Cup Series Practice at Charlotte

Daniel Hemric
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Picking up right where he left off last week, Daniel Hemric was again the fastest driver to take to the track at the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, posting a lap of 182.791 mph in Thursday's opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for Sunday's 60th running of the Coca Cola 600.

Hemric, a rookie making his Cup Series first points-paying start at Charlotte, qualified on the pole for last Saturday's Monster Open and led a race-high 25 laps trying to race his way into the field for the Monster Energy All Star Race, but ended his night in the garage after crashing out on lap 46.

Chase Elliott was the second fastest after posting a lap of 182.340 while his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron was third fastest running 182.211. Kyle Busch was fourth at 182.186 followed by Jimmie Johnson at 182.008.

PRACTICE RESULTS

Pos. # Driver Sponsor/Make Time Speed Behind
1 8 Daniel Hemric # Cessna Chevrolet 29.542 182.791 —.—
2 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 29.615 182.34 -0.073
3 24 William Byron Liberty Patriotic Chevrolet 29.636 182.211 -0.094
4 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Red White & Blue Toyota 29.643 182.168 -0.101
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Patriotic Chevrolet 29.669 182.008 -0.127
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal Ford 29.671 181.996 -0.129
7 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Patriotic Chevrolet 29.683 181.922 -0.141
8 3 Austin Dillon Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Chevrolet 29.688 181.892 -0.146
9 14 Clint Bowyer Peak Antifreeze & Coolant Ford 29.693 181.861 -0.151
10 19 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER/USO Toyota 29.693 181.861 -0.151
11 20 Erik Jones Reser's Main St Bistro Toyota 29.728 181.647 -0.186
12 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 29.729 181.641 -0.187
13 37 Chris Buescher Kroger Thrill of the Grill Chevrolet 29.749 181.519 -0.207
14 41 Daniel Suarez Coca-Cola Ford 29.75 181.513 -0.208
15 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 29.761 181.446 -0.219
16 1 Kurt Busch GEARWRENCH Chevrolet 29.768 181.403 -0.226
17 12 Ryan Blaney DEX Imaging Ford 29.781 181.324 -0.239
18 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 29.807 181.165 -0.265
19 6 Ryan Newman Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs Ford 29.858 180.856 -0.316
20 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Military Chevrolet 29.909 180.548 -0.367
21 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 29.919 180.487 -0.377
22 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 29.93 180.421 -0.388
23 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 29.938 180.373 -0.396
24 95 Matt DiBenedetto Procore Safety Qualified Toyota 29.958 180.252 -0.416
25 21 Paul Menard Menards/Knauf Ford 29.959 180.246 -0.417
26 43 Bubba Wallace Coca-Cola Orange Vanilla Chevrolet 29.962 180.228 -0.42
27 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 29.968 180.192 -0.426
28 36 Matt Tifft # Surface Sunscreen/Tunity Ford 29.977 180.138 -0.435
29 38 David Ragan Select Blinds Ford 30.049 179.706 -0.507
30 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 30.098 179.414 -0.556
31 *96 Parker Kligerman(i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 30.34 177.983 -0.798
32 0 Landon Cassill(i) StarCom Fiber Chevrolet 30.518 176.945 -0.976
33 15 Ross Chastain(i) Cross Country Adjusting Chevrolet 30.601 176.465 -1.059
34 *53 BJ McLeod(i) Enlisted Nine Fight Company Chevrolet 30.952 174.464 -1.41
35 32 Corey LaJoie Superior Logistics Ford 30.992 174.239 -1.45
36 52 Bayley Currey(i) RWR Ford 31.07 173.801 -1.528
37 51 Cody Ware(i) JACOB COMPANIES P-40 WARHAWK 31.381 172.079 -1.839
38 *27 Reed Sorenson VIPRacingExperience.com Chevrolet 31.463 171.63 -1.921
39 77 Quin Houff NASCAR Mobile App Chevrolet 31.801 169.806 -2.259
40 *66 Joey Gase(i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 32.236 167.515 -2.694


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