Chase contender Carl Edwards leads Saturday AM practice at Texas

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Seeking to erase a 15-point deficit in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Carl Edwards has claimed top honors in second Sprint Cup practice at Texas Motor Speedway.

Edwards, who will start 11th in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, posted a quick lap at 196.342 mph in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to lead the chilly session.

Jimmie Johnson was second-quickest with a lap of 195.822 mph. Following him were last night’s 200 mph man, Tony Stewart, in third (195.115), Martin Truex Jr. in fourth (194.918), and Marcos Ambrose in fifth (194.714).

Two other Chasers joined Edwards among the Top 10 practice speeds, as Ryan Newman slotted in sixth (194.468) and Denny Hamlin went P7 (193.966).

As for the rest of the Eliminator 8, Sunday polesitter Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick were 15th and 16th respectively, while farther down were Brad Keselowski in 25th, Joey Logano in 27th, and Chase Grid leader Jeff Gordon in 29th.

Rookie driver Austin Dillon, who was ninth on the time sheets, ran the most laps in the session with 46. Truex had the fastest 10-consecutive lap average of 190.246 mph across his first 10 laps in the session.

A 50-minute final practice for the Cup series will start later today at 2 p.m. ET.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES at Texas – Second Practice Times

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes pole at Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.

Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August.

Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position. The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season. Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.