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
Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.
The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48 of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.
Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.
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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:
RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.
POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.
The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.
In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.
The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.
Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.
STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:
Fastest laps by driver
Fastest laps by driver after race
Fastest laps by driver and class after race
Fastest lap sequence
Race analysis by lap
NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.