|Kenseth fastest in both practices and qualifying|
The standouts of the session based on average speeds and laps run were Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart who put in four of the top five best averages. Kenseth finished sixth best on averages while A.J. Allmendinger, Martin Truex Jr and David Ruetimann also impressed.
The surprise of the session was the lack of speed shown by any of the ECR engines where drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer all struggled. The top performer of the crew, united by their engines, was Paul Menard who was fourth best in average speeds.
Two of the race favorites had mixed results with Jimmie Johnson 15th fastest with teammate Jeff Gordon coming in at 21st.
Top-5 Practice Speeds
slowest: #66-McDowell 176.603 & #38-Kvapil 176.517
notes: #09-Elliott spun late but did not hit anything.
Final Practice Speeds