MENCS: Erik Jones Fastest in Final Practice

Erik Jones, driver of the NO. 20 Toyota was fastest in Coca-Cola 600 final practice with a speed of 187.045 mph.

NASCAR was forced to cancel the first of two practices today at Charlotte Motor Speedway after weather tormented chances of a 9:05 a.m. practice session.

Driver NO. 20 put 55 laps on the board and was fastest to Kyle Larson. Jones was the only driver to crack 187 mph as Larson ran a lap of 186.664 mph.

Rounding out the top five were Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney with a lap of 186.104 mph and Joey Logano at 186.047 mph. Denny Hamlin would round out the top five with a lap of 185.938 mph.

Rounding out the top ten were Stewart-Haas drivers Clint Bowyer with a lap of 185.688 mph, Kurt Busch with a lap of 185.663 mph, Paul Menard ran a lap of 185.459 mph, Kasey Kahne ran a lap of 185.141 mph and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top ten with a lap of 185.071 mph.

Pole-sitter Kyle Busch was 18th fastest in final practice with a lap of 184.691 mph.

Last year’s Coca-Cola 600 winner Austin Dillion was 20th fastest with a lap of 184.420 mph.

Kevin Harvick had to serve a  penalty of 30 minutes for failing inspection three times. Harvick was 17th on the speed charts.

Parker Kligerman, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola had to serve a 15 minute penalty for failing inspection twice.

Coverage of the 59th annual Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox and PRN.

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:

1. Erik Jones (184.579)

2. Kyle Larson (184.524)

3. Denny Hamlin (183.147)

4. Chase Elliott (183.134)

5. Joey Logano (183.105)

6. Ryan Newman (182.853)

7. Kevin Harvick (182.810)

8. Martin Truex Jr. (182.791)

9. Clint Bowyer (182.628)

10. Ryan Blaney (182.594)

11. Brad Keselowski (182.433)

12. Austin Dillion (182.236)

13. Jamie McMurray (182.230)

14. Aric Almirola (182.119)

15. Kyle Busch (182.103)

16. William Byron (182.050)

17. Kurt Busch (182.012)

18. Darrell Wallace Jr. (181.732)

19. Jimmie Johnson (181.566)

20. Daniel Suarez (181.535)

21. Alex Bowman (181.380)

22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (181.171)

23. Kasey Kahne (181.075)

24. Paul Menard (180.679)

25. Michael McDowell (180.022)

26. David Ragan (179.442)



Matthew Jackson
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