Vickers tops opening practice at Pocono
June 06, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Brian Vickers topped the speed charts in the opening practice for Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway (1 p.m. ET, TNT).
Vickers ran a fastest lap of 180.854 mph on the 2.5-mile track. Coming off of a disappointing 43rd-place finish at Dover last weekend, the driver of the No. 55 Aaron's Toyota is looking to get back on track at Pocono, where he has four top-five finishes in 14 career Cup starts.
Brad Keselowski finished second in practice with a lap of 180.223 mph in his final practice lap.
Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch used a late surge in practice to take third and fourth in practice. Harvick, a two-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014, posted a fastest lap of 179.813 mph. Busch posted a fastest lap of 179.226 mph.
Jimmie Johnson (179.183 mph) placed fifth in the opening practice. Johnson is the defending race winner at Pocono and has won the past two Sprint Cup races.
Sprint All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray (179.172 mph) was sixth, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. (178.884 mph) was seventh. Earnhardt is looking for his first Cup win at Pocono.
Fresh off his best finish with Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr. was eighth in the opening practice with a speed of 178.884 mph. Clint Bowyer, Vickers' Michael Waltrip Racing teammate, was ninth with a speed of 178.862 mph. Rookie Kyle Larson (178.735 mph) rounded out the top 10.
There was a brief red flag of about 15 minutes around 30 minutes into the 80-minute session as the tower checked reports of a weeper in Turn 1.
Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for 4:40 p.m. ET on Friday and will be televised on FOX Sports 1. There are two practice sessions set for Saturday. The first will begin at 9 a.m. ET and last for an hour, and the final practice will be a 50-minute session starting at 11:30 p.m. ET. Both sessions will be televised on FOX Sports 1.