Elliott tops New Hampshire Cup practice; Hamlin wrecks

Chase Elliott led the way in Friday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice session at New Hampshire that saw two drivers wreck in the session’s final minutes.

Elliott tops New Hampshire Cup practice; Hamlin wrecks

Elliott, who finished a career-best fifth at New Hampshire in last year’s race, topped the leaderboard with an average lap speed of 137.086 mph.

Kyle Busch ended up second (136.874 mph) and Matt DiBenedetto was third (same speed, tie broken by points). Ryan Blaney was fourth and Daniel Suarez completed the top-five.

With about four minutes left in the 55-minute practice session, Denny Hamlin spun in Turn 3 and slammed into the wall, doing significant damage to his No. 11 Toyota.

 

“I just got loose,” Hamlin said about the incident. His Joe Gibbs Racing team will move to a backup car which means Hamlin will have to start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field.

Practice restarted for a few minutes following Hamlin’s incident, only to see Ryan Newman tag the wall in Turns 3 and 4 with the right-rear of his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. 

Newman's team decided after practice that they are also moving to a backup car and will have to start Sunday's race from the rear of the field as well.

Rounding out the top-10 in practice were Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 12 27.784     137.086
2 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 10 27.827 0.043 0.043 136.874
3 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 10 27.827 0.043 0.000 136.874
4 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 9 27.839 0.055 0.012 136.815
5 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 9 27.844 0.060 0.005 136.791
6 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 13 27.849 0.065 0.005 136.766
7 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 9 27.853 0.069 0.004 136.746
8 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 11 27.869 0.085 0.016 136.668
9 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 13 27.904 0.120 0.035 136.497
10 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 26 27.932 0.148 0.028 136.360
11 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 10 27.945 0.161 0.013 136.296
12 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 10 27.988 0.204 0.043 136.087
13 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 11 28.002 0.218 0.014 136.019
14 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 10 28.009 0.225 0.007 135.985
15 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 10 28.018 0.234 0.009 135.941
16 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 8 28.039 0.255 0.021 135.839
17 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 13 28.061 0.277 0.022 135.733
18 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 13 28.066 0.282 0.005 135.709
19 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 11 28.070 0.286 0.004 135.689
20 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 11 28.107 0.323 0.037 135.511
21 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 10 28.110 0.326 0.003 135.496
22 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 18 28.179 0.395 0.069 135.164
23 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 13 28.212 0.428 0.033 135.006
24 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 12 28.247 0.463 0.035 134.839
25 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 17 28.325 0.541 0.078 134.468
26 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 24 28.409 0.625 0.084 134.070
27 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 10 28.438 0.654 0.029 133.933
28 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 10 28.447 0.663 0.009 133.891
29 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 13 28.607 0.823 0.160 133.142
30 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 11 28.636 0.852 0.029 133.007
31 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 7 28.772 0.988 0.136 132.379
32 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 3 28.874 1.090 0.102 131.911
33 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 21 28.890 1.106 0.016 131.838
34 27 United States Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 5 29.539 1.755 0.649 128.941
35 51 United States Andy Seuss  Ford 12 29.945 2.161 0.406 127.193
36 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 18 30.144 2.360 0.199 126.354
37 52 United States Austin Theriault  Chevrolet 1 4'26.384 3'58.600 3'56.240 14.298

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