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VETERAN MARTIN FASTEST IN OPENING SPRINT CUP PRACTICE FOR SAMSUNG MOBILE 500

by TMS Webmaster | Apr 12, 2012

Mark Martin 

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 12, 2012) – Michael Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin posted the fastest lap during Thursday’s opening practice session for the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Best of the Best Toyota) ran a top lap of 189.427 miles per hour among his 27 laps during the two-hour practice session featuring 46 Sprint Cup Series cars.  Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle (No. 16 Filtrete Ford), the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader, was second fastest at 189.221 mph and Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet) was third with a lap of 189.208 mph.

All four manufacturers were represented among the four fastest as Penske Racing’s A.J. Allmendinger (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge) grabbed the fourth spot at 188.930 mph. Regan Smith of Furniture Row Racing (No. 78 Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet) rounded out the top five with a lap of 188.877 mph.

The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track for a final 90-minute practice session Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. CT. SportsDay Qualifying Day Powered By The Dallas Morning News for the Sprint Cup Series beginning at 4:05 p.m.

Tickets for SportsDay Qualifying Day Powered by The Dallas Morning News as well as Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com<http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com> or by calling (817) 215-8500.


Pos Car Drive Speed
1 55 Mark Martin 189.427
2 16 Greg Biffle 189.221
3 29 Kevin Harvick 189.208
4 22 AJ Allmendinger 188.930
5 78 Regan Smith 188.877
6 9 Marcos Ambrose 188.673
7 17 Matt Kenseth 188.587
8 39 Ryan Newman 188.528
9 11 Denny Hamlin 188.495
10 99 Carl Edwards 188.422
11 5 Kasey Kahne 188.370
12 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 188.278
13 13 Casey Mears 188.265
14 27 Paul Menard 187.891
15 20 Joey Logano 187.885
16 2 Brad Keselowski 187.833
17 42 Juan Pablo Montoya 187.806
18 1 Jamie McMurray 187.663
19 18 Kyle Busch 187.578
20 48 Jimmie Johnson 187.552
21 *10 David Reutimann 187.507
22 47 Bobby Labonte 187.500
23 14 Tony Stewart 187.428
24 31 Jeff Burton 187.344
25 43 Aric Almirola 187.318
26 15 Clint Bowyer 187.279
27 *21 Trevor Bayne(i) 187.169
28 24 Jeff Gordon 187.143
29 51 Kurt Busch 186.355
30 34 David Ragan 186.111
31 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 186.008
32 83 Landon Cassill 185.382
33 *98 Michael McDowell 185.141
34 *49 JJ Yeley 184.691
35 93 Travis Kvapil 184.666
36 *26 Josh Wise # 183.880
37 *87 Joe Nemechek(i) 183.817
38 *30 David Stremme 183.742
39 *19 Mike Bliss(i) 183.680
40 32 Reed Sorenson(i) 183.175
41 *23 Scott Riggs 183.082
42 *95 Scott Speed 182.970
43 36 Dave Blaney 182.383
44 38 David Gilliland 182.346
45 33 Tony Raines 181.147
46 *74 Stacy Compton 179.898

*Required to qualify on time,
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
# Denotes Rookie

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