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Truex Jr. leads opening Sprint Cup practice

November 01, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Strong showing comes after announcement of joining Furniture Row Racing in 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fresh off an early Friday announcement that he would join Furniture Row Racing in 2014, Martin Truex Jr. piloted his No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota to the fastest speed of 195.298 mph in the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex ran nine laps, but his first around the 1.5-mile track was enough to best the field. He'll make his qualifying run 21st today when the session gets underway at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson, tied with Matt Kenseth at the top of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, finished second to Truex, running his first of seven laps with a speed of 194.791 mph. Kenseth, who will qualify eighth to Johnson's seventh, placed ninth in the practice session with a speed of 193.057 mph.

Carl Edwards (193.840), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (193.791) and Kyle Busch (193.673) rounded out the top five. Busch won here the spring race at Texas.

Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle were the lowest placing Chase drivers, coming in 23rd and 24th, respectively.

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