Ambrose, Harvick see trouble on track
Matt Kenseth finished second with a speed of 188.042 mph. Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.
Marcos Ambrose hit the wall in Turn 4 an hour and 15 minutes into practice and will have to go to a backup car. Ambrose was 18th in the practice standings. Ambrose wasn't the only one to have trouble, as Kevin Harvick blew an engine shortly after.
Nineteen cars participated in the practice session at the 1.5-mile speedway.
The practice led into a 15-minute pit-stop rehearsal. Due to a rule change, pit road speed will not be limited entering or exiting during Friday’s qualifying session. Pit crew members will be required to stay behind the wall until cars come to a complete stop.
It’s a rule change that has drivers excited about the possible scenarios that could unfold during qualifying.
“So, that is going to be kind of crazy,” Kenseth said. “... I was like, ‘Man, I hope I don’t get beat too bad getting on there or spin out getting on there. ... I don’t know how many people have caught on to that or how many more people will come to watch that, but I would buy a ticket to sit in the stands and watch some of them guys, probably including me, get on pit road.”
Qualifying for the Sprint All-Star Race will take place at 6 p.m. ET and will include three laps and the aforementioned pit stop, with a four-tire change.
The Sprint All-Star Race is set to get underway at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, televised by SPEED.
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