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Greg Biffle paces second test session at Texas

April 11, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Greg Biffle paces second test session at Texas
Late lap bumps Kurt Busch off top of leaderboard

Kurt Busch was all set to back up his initial fast lap in the first test session with another chart-topper in round two Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway. Then along came Greg Biffle.

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Biffle, who won at Texas last spring, drove his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to a fast lap of 192.864 mph to conclude the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 car test on the 1.5-mile track. He was consistent, posting the second-best lap in the two-hour first session.

FIRST RUN: Kurt Busch tops first session at Texas

His final speed, recorded late in the 90-minute session, bumped Busch's 192.369-mph lap off the practice chart perch. Busch, in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, logged a 191.225-mph lap to lead the opening two-hour run.

Kyle Busch, surprisingly winless in 15 Sprint Cup starts at the Fort Worth track, jumped to third-fastest in the second session with a 191.639-mph lap. Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon completed the top five.

Martin Truex Jr., who won the pole last April at Texas, was 10th-fastest in his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota at 189.387. Austin Dillon, who will be making just his fifth career Sprint Cup start in Saturday's 500-miler, chimed in with the seventh-fastest lap, driving for James Finch's No. 51 Phoenix Racing team.

Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski failed to improve on his 28th-fastest time in the opening session. He wound up 30th in the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford in the nightcap test run.

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 27.999 192.864 12 14 ---.--- ---.---
2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevrolet 28.071 192.369 14 14 -0.072 -0.072
3 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 28.178 191.639 22 22 -0.179 -0.107
4 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevrolet 28.180 191.625 27 29 -0.181 -0.002
5 24 Jeff Gordon Cromax Pro Chevrolet 28.207 191.442 22 23 -0.208 -0.027
6 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.254 191.123 13 13 -0.255 -0.047
7 51 Austin Dillon(i) Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet / Realtree Chevrolet 28.381 190.268 6 9 -0.382 -0.127
8 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 28.494 189.514 19 19 -0.495 -0.113
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 28.497 189.494 16 16 -0.498 -0.003
10 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 28.513 189.387 1 45 -0.514 -0.016
11 83 David Reutimann Dr Pepper Toyota 28.536 189.235 27 27 -0.537 -0.023
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet 28.570 189.009 22 36 -0.571 -0.034
13 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 28.593 188.857 14 46 -0.594 -0.023
14 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 28.642 188.534 2 27 -0.643 -0.049
15 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 28.650 188.482 18 24 -0.651 -0.008
16 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 28.702 188.140 13 35 -0.703 -0.052
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 28.729 187.963 28 49 -0.730 -0.027
18 1 Jamie McMurray Bell Helicopter Chevrolet 28.732 187.944 29 42 -0.733 -0.003
19 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 28.772 187.682 1 29 -0.773 -0.040
20 27 Paul Menard Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet 28.773 187.676 1 11 -0.774 -0.001
21 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical / MCM Elegante Toyota 28.784 187.604 7 7 -0.785 -0.011
22 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevrolet 28.787 187.585 8 40 -0.788 -0.003
23 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target / Kellogg's Chevrolet 28.798 187.513 22 29 -0.799 -0.011
24 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 28.829 187.311 5 8 -0.830 -0.031
25 15 Clint Bowyer Gander Mountain Toyota 28.842 187.227 4 20 -0.843 -0.013
26 11 Brian Vickers(i) FedEx Office / March of Dimes Toyota 28.859 187.117 3 44 -0.860 -0.017
27 93 Travis Kvapil Dr Pepper Toyota 28.864 187.084 16 17 -0.865 -0.005
28 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 28.891 186.909 2 23 -0.892 -0.027
29 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 28.927 186.677 1 47 -0.928 -0.036
30 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 28.936 186.619 2 26 -0.937 -0.009
31 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 29.029 186.021 1 23 -1.030 -0.093
32 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 29.030 186.014 16 33 -1.031 -0.001
33 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 29.040 185.950 7 10 -1.041 -0.010
34 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevrolet 29.047 185.906 1 14 -1.048 -0.007
35 87 Joe Nemechek(i) ATIgunstocks.com Toyota 29.093 185.612 1 4 -1.094 -0.046
36 30 David Stremme Lean 1 / Swan Energy Toyota 29.136 185.338 1 23 -1.137 -0.043
37 34 David Ragan Love's Travel Stops Ford 29.181 185.052 15 32 -1.182 -0.045
38 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos / Precon Marine Chevrolet 29.287 184.382 1 16 -1.288 -0.106
39 38 David Gilliland EZ Pawn / EZ Money Ford 29.414 183.586 9 15 -1.415 -0.127
40 95 Scott Speed Tracking Point / B&D Electrical Ford 29.427 183.505 6 8 -1.428 -0.013
41 47 Bobby Labonte Pine-Sol Toyota 29.448 183.374 7 20 -1.449 -0.021
42 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 29.679 181.947 4 4 -1.680 -0.231
43 32 Timmy Hill # OXY water Ford 29.828 181.038 13 24 -1.829 -0.149
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