|Earnhardt Jr. ran the most laps in practice|
Of the 43 drivers that practiced, 15 of them tried a run of at least 10 laps in a row, with Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler and Hamlin -- Sadler is in the No. 55 MWR Toyota. Pretty cool seeing Sadler back in the Cup series with a good car. Martinsville wasn’t ever Sadler’s best track, but this car figures to be set-up nice, maybe similar to his teammate this week, Bowyer.
Sadler joins Jeff Burton and Hamlin as competing Virginians racing in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. Burton has one win over his career on the half-mile track, but Hamlin has been dominant at times with four career wins.
Danica Patrick had some optimism coming in the weekend because she finished 12th in the spring race, and she brought that same car to race this week. But Patrick spun going into Turn 1 and hit the wall which will force her to use a back-up car. Moments later, her boyfriend -- Stenhouse, slid into the same wall. The team was trying to repair the right rear, no back-up yet. That scene sounds like a sure winner to be Mike Smith's next StockCartoon.
In the Chase battle, Matt Kenseth was ninth fastest in the session while point leader Jimmie Johnson was 11th best. Kenseth has three top-5 finishes -- no wins -- over his career at Martinsville. Johnson has accumulated eight grandfather clock trophies in lees starts.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran the most laps (56), but could olny get the 19th fastest lap (98.702).
Qualifying is set for 3:40 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Martinsville Practice 1 Speeds