Hamlin tops final Sprint Unlimited practice
February 14, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Denny Hamlin topped Friday's final practice for the Sprint Unlimited, posting a speed of 199.867 mph to take the top spot -- something that could pay dividends for the driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
The final practice results are one of the voting options fans have to set the starting lineup for Saturday night's race. In addition to voting on how the starting lineup is determined, fans can also vote for the race format and restart order for the final segment. Fans can vote to define the rules for the Sprint Unlimited here.
Voting for the race format ends at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, voting for the starting order ends at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and voting for the restart order for the final segment ends at the conclusion of the second segment in Saturday's race.
Jamie McMurray, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five in the second session.
Friday's first session marked Tony Stewart's long-awaited return behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet since breaking his right leg in a sprint car accident on Aug. 5. Stewart placed 10th on the speed chart in the opening session and ninth in the final session.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. topped the 45-minute opening practice session. Earnhardt Jr. put down a fastest lap of 198.421 mph.
Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top five from the first session.
The non-points exhibition race features 18 drivers who either won a pole last season or are previous winners of the race.
The 75-lap Sprint Unlimited is set for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday and will be televised on FOX Sports 1.