Full practice recaps from Atlanta
August 29, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Edwards posted a speed of 192.855 mph on his first lap at the Georgia track. The Roush Fenway Racing driver has earned three wins at the track, the most recent coming in 2008.
Ryan Newman had the second-fastest speed at 191.628 mph.
Defending race champion Kyle Busch circled the track at a top speed of 186.297 mph putting him at 31st on the speed chart.
Tony Stewart, who returned to his No. 14 Chevrolet for the first time since the tragic sprint car accident that claimed the life of Kevin Ward Jr., posted a speed of 189.642 mph for 10th place. Stewart hasn't run at Atlanta since 2012 due to missing last year's race with a broken leg.
There will be two more practice sessions for the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday. A 50-minute session will start at 3 p.m. ET and final practice will also run 50 minutes and begin at 6 p.m. ET. Both sessions will be televised on FOX Sports 2.
NASCAR Nationwide Series practice 1 | Results
Chris Buescher set the pace in opening practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Roush Fenway Racing driver posted a top speed of 177.880 mph on his first lap of the first session.
Buescher finished 13th last year in his only start at Atlanta. Buescher earned his first Nationwide Series win earlier this season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Defending race champion and Sprint Cup Series veteran Kevin Harvick came in as eighth-fastest, as he rounded the track at 175.354 mph.
The practice had one caution flag in the closing minutes for debris in Turn 4.
NASCAR Nationwide Series practice 2 | Results
Matt Kenseth closed out Friday's Nationwide Series practices for Saturday's Great Clips 300 benefitting Feed the Children with the fastest lap of 177.738 mph.
The Sprint Cup Series veteran was second-fastest in the opening practice earlier in the day.
Ty Dillon came in as second-fastest at 176.201 mph.
Dillon will make his Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday at Atlanta for the Oral-B USA 500.
Completing the top five on the leaderboard was Joey Logano (176.173 mph), Nationwide Series points leader and rookie Chase Elliott (175.755 mph) and Chris Buescher, who led opening practice (175.171 mph).
There was just one caution that came at the start of practice for debris in Turn 4.
The Nationwide Series returns to the track on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET for the Coors Light Pole Qualifying with TV coverage on FOX Sports 2.