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Team: Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet
Final practice rank: 10th (132.343 mph)
Final 10-lap average rank: 4th (131.485 mph)
Noteworthy: Elliott was fastest of the four title contenders in 10-lap averages Friday evening. His most recent results have been less than ideal, finishing 10th or worse in five of the last six races. That didn't matter Friday as the team showed legitimate speed.
Quotable crew chief: "Obviously, everyone on the 9 team, everybody at HMS have a bit heightened ... intensity, sensitivity. You're just trying to overcommunicate, trying to dot all I's, cross all the T's. I don't know that there's like, 'Hey, we do this this week and not the rest.' You try to do everything you do normally a little bit better." -- Alan Gustafson