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Keselowski tops first practice in Atlanta

August 30, 2013, Staff report,

Looking for his first win of 2013, reigning champ starts weekend off right


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HAMPTON, Ga. -- Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski wasted no time in getting off to a solid start at Atlanta Motor Speedway as he paced the day’s lone practice session for Sunday’s Advocare 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The Penske Racing driver led the 90-minute session with a fast lap of 190.071 mph around the 1.54-mile track.
Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards was second overall (189.245 mph) while a late mock qualifying run by Juan Pablo Montoya vaulted the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver into the No. 3 spot.
Kurt Busch (Furniture Row Racing) and Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing) rounded out the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Joey Logano (Penske), Martin Truex Jr. (MWR), Mark Martin (Stewart-Haas Racing), Greg Biffle (Roush) and the series’ most recent winner, Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing).
Five-time Cup champion and current points leader Jimmie Johnson was 28th.
JJ Yeley brought the action to a halt when he scrubbed the wall in his No. 36 Chevrolet 45 minutes into the session. The stoppage was brief, however, and Yeley was able to drive his car back to the garage for repairs.
Coors Light Pole qualifying is slated for 6:40 p.m. ET.
Two additional practices are on tap for Saturday for Cup teams as they continue preparations for the series’ 25th race of the year.


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