Late lap puts Brian Vickers atop first Sprint Cup practice at Texas

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With less than two minutes remaining in first Sprint Cup practice at Texas Motor Speedway, Brian Vickers shot to the top of the time sheets with a lap of 199.218 mph in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.

His late blitz ended what had been a session largely dominated by Chevrolet and Ford outfits.

Chevy racers made up the rest of the Top 5 practice speeds, with Chase competitors Kevin Harvick (198.990) and points leader Jeff Gordon (198.581) logging the second and fifth-fastest laps respectively. Tony Stewart was third (198.866) and Martin Truex Jr. was fourth (198.617).

Only one other Chaser cracked the Top 10 in the practice: Carl Edwards, who was seventh with a lap of 197.954 mph.

Aric Almirola was the fastest of the Fords (198.013), just ahead of Edwards in sixth. Jimmie Johnson, Trevor Bayne, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went eighth, ninth, and 10th.

Some of the other Chasers did not start their weekend as well as they probably would have liked. Texas spring winner Joey Logano (196.492) and Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski (196.192) were 20th and 24th in the session.

Also a bit off speed-wise were Ryan Newman in 23rd (196.285) and Matt Kenseth in 26th (195.936). The one other Chaser we haven’t mentioned yet, Denny Hamlin, was a bit higher up in 12th (197.390).

Qualifying for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 will take place later tonight at 6:45 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas – Friday Practice Times