Fresh off his newly signed two-year extension with Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr. was quickest out of the gates in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opening practice session at Watkins Glen on Friday afternoon. Truex, turned a lap of 126.883 mph in his No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota late in the session to end up P1 in the opening of two sessions today.
After being the quickest car last weekend in Pocono, it’s not a stretch to think that he can’t get over his bad luck and win this weekend for the first time ever on the New York road course.
Denny Hamlin, who finished second at Sonoma, was second quick in the first session with a speed of 126.343 mph in his No. 11 Toyota.
Casey Mears (125.896 mph) was third overall while two more Toyota’s rounded out the top five with Carl Edwards (125.654 mph) and Kyle Busch (125.643 mph) being fourth and fifth respectively.
Last year’s winner Joey Logano was sixth overall in the session.
The practice went off without a hitch with the only incident coming when Clint Bowyer had a brake issue late in the session. He spun his car as a result but didn’t make any contact with anything.
In final practice, A.J. Allmendinger set the pace as he turned a lap of 127.551 mph in his No. 47 Chevrolet. Allmendinger, knows this is likely his last chance at making the Chase, as he’s likely too far out now to make it on points alone.
But, he has a great chance to win this weekend and with it being a road course and him being strong on these circuits, this is his chance to pounce.
Truex, who was quickest it the opening session was second quickest in final practice as he turned a lap of 127.481 mph. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made a surprise appearance in the top five as he was third fastest with a lap of 127.416 mph in his No. 17 Ford.
Busch was fourth quickest again with a lap of 127.381 mph while another JGR car in Matt Kenseth (127.280 mph) rounded out the top five.