Hamlin leads opening Brickyard 400 practice

Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin

Last week’s winner Denny Hamlin wheeled his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 187.414 mph, shooting him to the top of the leaderboard in Saturday’s opening practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fellow Toyota driver and series points leader Martin Truex Jr. was second-fastest in the field, his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota clocking in at 185.559 mph.

Hamlin’s JGR teammate Matt Kenseth came up third in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with a top speed of 185.200 mph. Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne (185.151 mph) and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson (185.002 mph) rounded out the top five, respectively.

Kyle Busch, who has won at Indianapolis the past two years in a row, was sixth-fastest in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. He, along with the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon, will serve 15-minute practice holds in final practice for multiple pre-race inspection failures last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The No. 23 BK Racing Toyota of Corey LaJoie and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson each served a 15-minute practice hold this practice for being late to pre-race inspection last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Final practice is set for 11 a.m. ET (on CNBC) with Coors Light Pole Qualifying on tap for 6:15 p.m. ET (on NBCSN).

Results Practice 1

Pos No. Driver Sponsor Laps Time Behind Delta Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Cares 7 48.022 -0.000 -0.000 187.414
2 78 Martin Truex Jr Auto-Owners Insurance 15 48.502 -0.480 -0.480 185.559
3 20 Matt Kenseth Tide PODS 19 48.596 -0.574 -0.574 185.200
4 5 Kasey Kahne TBD 23 48.609 -0.587 -0.587 185.151
5 42 Kyle Larson Target 18 48.648 -0.626 -0.626 185.002
6 18 Kyle Busch Skittles 20 48.720 -0.698 -0.698 184.729
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 22 48.788 -0.766 -0.766 184.472
8 21 Ryan Blaney Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 18 48.793 -0.771 -0.771 184.453
9 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's 15 48.863 -0.841 -0.841 184.188
10 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 16 48.863 -0.841 -0.841 184.188
11 31 Ryan Newman Velveeta Shells & Cheese 18 48.924 -0.902 -0.902 183.959
12 41 Kurt Busch TBD 14 48.990 -0.968 -0.968 183.711
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's 14 49.032 -1.010 -1.010 183.554
14 77 Erik Jones Sport Clips 21 49.037 -1.015 -1.015 183.535
15 1 Jamie McMurray TBD 21 49.090 -1.068 -1.068 183.337
16 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 21 49.110 -1.088 -1.088 183.262
17 24 Chase Elliott NAPA 23 49.118 -1.096 -1.096 183.232
18 14 Clint Bowyer Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers 13 49.183 -1.161 -1.161 182.990
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr SunnyD 10 49.377 -1.355 -1.355 182.271
20 27 Paul Menard Valvoline / Menards 13 49.435 -1.413 -1.413 182.057
21 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 7 49.482 -1.460 -1.460 181.884
22 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental 18 49.497 -1.475 -1.475 181.829
23 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare 13 49.523 -1.501 -1.501 181.734
24 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger Click List 10 49.586 -1.564 -1.564 181.503
25 37 Chris Buescher Clorox 8 49.637 -1.615 -1.615 181.316
26 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors 10 49.691 -1.669 -1.669 181.119
27 19 Daniel Suarez Stanley 14 49.782 -1.760 -1.760 180.788
28 34 Landon Cassill CSX Play It Safe 16 49.790 -1.768 -1.768 180.759
29 13 Ty Dillon GEICO 16 49.981 -1.959 -1.959 180.068
30 3 Austin Dillon Dow Molykote Smart Lubrication 18 50.001 -1.979 -1.979 179.996
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Corvetteparts.net/Anest Iwata 14 50.266 -2.244 -2.244 179.047
32 38 David Ragan Dockside Logistics 9 50.316 -2.294 -2.294 178.870
33 *7 JJ Yeley Access Construction, Inc. 11 50.581 -2.559 -2.559 177.932
34 23 Corey Lajoie Dr Pepper 10 51.164 -3.142 -3.142 175.905
35 72 Cole Whitt Moen 7 51.207 -3.185 -3.185 175.757
36 *51 BJ McLeod TBD 2 52.480 -4.458 -4.458 171.494
37 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Hulu 3 52.678 -4.656 -4.656 170.849
38 *55 Gray Gaulding Low T Centers 6 52.971 -4.949 -4.949 169.904
39 *66 Some Wanker Ride-Buyer 4 53.423 -5.401 -5.401 168.467
40 15 Joey Gase The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation 10 53.511 -5.489 -5.489 168.190

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