Edwards, Truex Jr. pace practices at The Glen
August 09, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- In the Sprint Cup Series' second practice of the day at Watkins Glen International, Carl Edwards topped what would be a track record set by Martin Truex Jr. in the earlier session with a best lap of 68.693 seconds and at 128.397 mph. Edwards was third-fastest in the first practice; Truex was 19th-fastest after running 13 laps in the later session.
Edwards' practice time would be fast enough to break the track record, which was set last August by Juan Pablo Montoya (69.438 seconds/127.020 mph). Times don't become official until qualifying.
Michael McDowell, filling in the No. 35 of Josh Wise, took the second spot on the leader board with a best lap of 69.284 seconds at 127.302 mph. Clint Bowyer drove his No. 15 Peak "Duck Dynasty" Toyota to a best speed of 127.232 mph and the final spot in the top three.
Montoya repeated his top-five performance earlier in the day, running fourth-fastest. Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson improved on his 16th-fastest run in the first session, ending the day at sixth on the leaderboard.
Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano ran the most laps at 18, with the latter two falling at 25th and 31st on the speed chart, respectively.
The practice was pushed back after heavy rain fell on the track as Nationwide practice was soon to begin. Groups for qualifying, which begins Saturday at 11:40 a.m. ET, will be set from the practice times in the earlier session.