Practice recaps: Injured Ryan Truex out for race; Gordon, Harvick top sessions
August 16, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Ryan Truex was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation after a heavy crash during Saturday morning's opening practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The BK Racing driver was diagnosed with a concussion and will follow NASCAR guidelines to return to racing. JJ Yeley will drive the No. 83 Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Truex lost control of his Camry at approximately the seven-minute mark of the 50-minute session at Michigan International Speedway. The 22-year-old driver tried to correct his slide in Turn 2, but the front wheels gripped and pitched the car sharply to the right into the outside retaining wall.
Truex walked away from the wreck under his own power, but complained of shoulder pain and a headache, according to team representatives. At the hospital, Truex underwent CT scans of his head, neck, chest and abdomen, which were all negative.
Truex was 33rd-fastest of the 42 drivers who participated in the second Sprint Cup practice of the race weekend. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate ranks 37th in Sprint Cup points with a best finish of 20th place, two weeks ago at Pocono Raceway.
Kevin Harvick topped the practice session, leading a slew of Chevrolets. His fastest lap of 203.183 mph (35.436 seconds) set the pace on his fifth of 12 laps around the track. His Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch was close behind, with a lap just .013 seconds off the leading mark.
Hendrick Motorsports took the third and fourth spots, with pole-sitter Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. putting their Chevrolets near the top. Ford driver Marcos Ambrose was the first non-Chevy on the leaderboard, rounding out the top-five.
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Pole-sitter Jeff Gordon showed he didn't use all his speed in qualifying, topping Saturday's final Sprint Cup Series practice with a lap of 200.156 mph (35.972 seconds). Rookie Kyle Larson did his best to knock the veteran off the top of the leaderboard, clocking a lap just .083 seconds off Gordon's, putting Larson second.
Jeff Burton and the No. 14 team continued to make Tony Stewart's car more suited to its interim driver, improving from 35th-fastest in Saturday's morning early practice to 17th-fastest in the final session. Stewart decided not to participate in the Pure Michigan 400 after last weekend's sprint car incident that took the life of 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.
Martin Truex Jr., who was not at the track for Friady's events due to his girlfriend undergoing surgery, finished 23rd in Saturday's early session and 25th in the later practice. His younger brother Ryan Truex, who hit the wall and was taken to the hospital after reporting shoulder pain and headaches, did not practice and had not yet been cleared for competition.
The Pure Michigan 400 is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.