Biffle leads opening Cup practice at Talladega

Greg Biffle topped the speed chart in first practice at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday in both single lap and Best 10 Consecutive Lap runs.

Biffle leads opening Cup practice at Talladega

Biffle posted the fastest lap of 198.949mph after the completion of 20 laps. Biffle led the three-car Roush Fenway Racing contingent with four Fords among the top five in first practice.

“Talladega is always exciting, always full of unknowns and I think the key to success is track position at the end,” Biffle said. “Picking the right lane, Talladega is super wide; we can be four or five wide coming to the start/finish line. You never know what’s going to happen.”

AJ Allmendinger was second quick in a Chevy with a lap of 198.327mph, followed by Chris Buescher (198.261mph), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (198.261mph) and Trevor Bayne (198.105mph) rounding out the top five. Michael McDowell, Brian Scott, Landon Cassill, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson completed the top 10 in single lap runs.

Biffle’s Best 10 Consecutive Lap speed was 195.657mph. Scott was second quick (194.855mph) in the category followed by McDowell (194.531mph), Harvick (194.201mph), Aric Almirola (194.173mph), Alex Bowman (193.979mph), defending race winner Joey Logano (193.941mph), Chase Elliott (193.927mph), Danica Patrick (193.909mph) and Johnson (193.895mph).

Jamie McMurray’s 33 laps run were the most completed in the session.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 16  Greg Biffle  Ford 20 48.133     198.949
2 47  A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 15 48.284 0.151 0.151 198.327
3 34  Chris Buescher  Ford 13 48.300 0.167 0.016 198.261
4 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 20 48.300 0.167 0.000 198.261
5 6  Trevor Bayne  Ford 27 48.338 0.205 0.038 198.105
6 95  Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 11 48.441 0.308 0.103 197.684
7 44  Brian Scott  Ford 26 48.490 0.357 0.049 197.484
8 38  Landon Cassill  Ford 19 48.626 0.493 0.136 196.932
9 4  Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet 27 48.737 0.604 0.111 196.483
10 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 28 48.795 0.662 0.058 196.250

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