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Edwards, Busch take final Coca-Cola 600 practices

May 24, 2014, Staff report,

Busch tops charts but wrecks in final practice; will switch to backup car

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Saturday's First Practice | Results

Still in search of his first Charlotte Motor Speedway victory, Carl Edwards might have the car that'll finally bring him to Victory Lane at the 1.5-mile track, as the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford topped the leaderboard in Saturday's early practice.


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Edwards' quick run with a best speed on 192.802 mph, notched on his first of 22 laps, extends a good morning for Roush after the organization kicked off the day by announcing that Trevor Bayne would be in the No. 6 Sprint Cup Series ride full-time in 2015.

JTG Daugherty Racing's AJ Allmendinger was next on the charts at 192.383 mph, followed by Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr. (192.280 mph), Hendrick Motorsports driver and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson (192.260 mph) and Team Penske's 2012 champion Brad Keselowski (192.109 mph). All drivers in the top five posted their best time on their first lap.

Johnson is Coors Light Pole Award winner and will lead the field to green in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX).

Series points leader Jeff Gordon -- who won the last points-paying race at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago -- was sixth on the charts at 191.659 mph, achieved on his fourth lap. Kyle Busch ran 37 laps and pulled into the garage seventh at 191.618 mph.

Kyle Larson (191.083 mph) was the fastest rookie at 12th.

Defending race-winner Kevin Harvick was 19th at 190.443 mph in new Stewart-Haas Racing ride. Sprint All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray was 23rd at 189.633 mph.

Final practice | Results

On his first lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway in Saturday's final practice for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX), Kyle Busch set the pace at 188.640 mph.

On his second, his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was sent careening into the wall, forcing him to a backup car and the back of the pack for the start of tomorrow night's race. He qualified seventh.

Joey Logano was second fastest, pulling into the garage with 31 laps under his belt and a best speed of 188.265 mph. Danica Patrick, who qualified fourth, was third at 187.846 mph.

Greg Biffle (187.663 mph) and Coors Light Pole Award winner Jimmie Johnson (187.656 mph) rounded out the top five, while defending race-winner Kevin Harvick (187.428 mph was sixth.

Carl Edwards, who was fastest in the earlier session on Saturday, was seventh at 187.422 mph.

Kyle Larson was again the fastest rookie at 186.541 mph.


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