Friday practice recaps from Michigan, Mid-Ohio
August 15, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE | RESULTS
There was plenty of speed to be had in Friday's Sprint Cup Series practice session from Michigan International Speedway, as the defending race winner Joey Logano topped the speed charts in the opening 80-minute session.
Logano laid down a lap of 204.545 mph in his 18th and final lap of the session. Overall, 26 drivers topped the 200-mph mark.
Carl Edwards was second with a speed of 204.111 mph, followed by Brian Vickers (203.920 mph), Kurt Busch (203.897 mph) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (203.229 mph).
All three Roush Fenway Racing cars were in the top 10. In addition to Edwards and Stenhouse, Greg Biffle was eighth in the session.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., a two-time winner at Michigan, was sixth in the session.
Jimmie Johnson, who won in June at Michigan, reported a vibration issue on his car early in the 80-minute session and brought his car in for adjustments. After returning to the track several times, Johnson continued to feel a vibration and brought the car back into the garage. The six-time series champion finished 39th in the opening practice.
Jeff Burton, who is filling in for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet, had some problems early on. A part failure within the rear end gear moments into practice sent Burton into the garage for repairs. He did return to practice with just less than a hour to go.
About a half-hour into the session, practice had a brief caution for debris on the track, but cars returned to the track in short order.
Ryan Blaney filled in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford for Trevor Bayne, who is at Mid-Ohio for the Nationwide Series. Blaney will be driving that car next season for the Wood Brothers.
Matt Crafton filled in for Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet as Truex Jr. is with his longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, who is undergoing surgery on Friday after recently being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Both Bayne and Truex Jr. are expected to be in Michigan for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).
There will be two practice sessions for the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. ET and 11 a.m. ET. Both sessions will be televised on ESPN2.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE 1 | RESULTS
Busch topped the charts with a speed of 186.485 mph. The Sprint Cup veteran has won every Truck Series race he has entered this season with his most recent win coming at Kentucky Speedway in the UNOH 225.
Truck Series points leader Ryan Blaney finished practice seventh-fastest with a top speed of 185.581 mph. It was announced this week that Blaney will pilot the No. 21 Ford part time for Wood Brothers Racing in the Sprint Cup Series next year. Blaney is currently seven points ahead of Sauter in the Truck Series standings.
No. 08 Jimmy Weller brought out the first and only caution of the practice when his truck started smoking. Weller finished 20th-fastest with a speed of 179.332 mph.
NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 1 | RESULTS
Sam Hornish Jr. kept the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota in a familiar place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, topping the opening Nationwide Series practice with a speed of 95.245 mph. Saturday's Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 will mark Hornish's seventh start of the season for JGR. He finished third in last year's race at Mid-Ohio for Team Penske.
The rest of the leaderboard was unable to break the 95 mph mark. Regan Smith was closest, with a best speed of 94.609 mph, followed by Chris Buescher.
Current points leader Chase Elliott took 23 laps around the track, the most of any driver in the field, clocking a best lap at 93.602 mph for an 11th-place finish in the session.
The No. 20 of Kenny Habul brought out a full-course caution after coming to a stop between Turns 8 and 9. Eleven cars had logged a lap at the time, with Brian Scott holding the fastest speed of 93.171 mph at that time. The caution lasted under five minutes.
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE 2 | RESULTS
Busch, who led opening practice, came in with the fastest with a speed of 186.989 mph.
Joey Coulter came in as second-fastest at the Irish Hills track posting a speed of 186.587 mph.
Tyler Young ran the most laps at 38, posting a top speed of 179.924 mph. Young came in as 21st-fastest.
Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Saturday, August 16 at 9:40 a.m. ET with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1.
NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 2 | RESULTS
Justin Marks made a surprise appearance at the top of the final practice leaderboard, running a lap of 95.187 mph in the closing minutes of the session. Marks was tenth-fastest in the opening session.
Chris Buescher followed his early speed with a lap just shy of Marks', his lap of 95.182 mph holding him in the top spot until Marks' late pace-setting lap.
Sam Hornish Jr., fastest in the earlier session, fell to the third position on the leaderboard after moving into the top spot on his first lap. His earlier speed of 95.245 mph still was the highest of both sessions. Hornish clocked a best lap of 94.798 mph in the second session.
Points leader Chase Elliott was ninth-fastest, again clocking the most laps in the session with 35.
The caution flag came out nearly an hour into practice when the No. 77 of Roger Reuse got off the course in Turns 12 and 13. A second yellow was displayed when Elliott Sadler spun, but lasted just under five minutes. The No. 11 team later reported that the engine blew, and would need to be replaced. His speed of 94.049 mph on his fourth practice lap was the 11th-best on the chart.
Qualifying for the Nationwide Series Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 will take place at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, and will be aired on ESPN2. The race is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, on ESPN.