NASCAR: Almirola leads second Texas practice
By Kelly Crandall | RACER.com NASCAR correspondent
Aric Almirola’s lap of 193.854mph was the fastest in the first of two Saturday practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver also continued to show the strength of the Fords. Almirola was the fastest of six Ford drivers in the top 10.
Second fastest was Kyle Busch at 193.805mph. Then came Clint Bowyer at 193.771mph and Brad Keselowski at 193.555mph. Denny Hamlin was fifth fastest at 194.403mph.
At sixth fastest on the speed chart was Kurt Busch at 193.313mph. Busch ran the most laps in the 55-minute session, 47.
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Completing the top 10 were Kyle Larson at 193.299mph, Kevin Harvick at 193.285mph, Joey Logano at 193.161mph, and Martin Truex Jr. at 193.154mph.
Slowest of the playoff drivers in practice was Chase Elliott, who was also the only playoff driver outside the top 10. Elliott ran a lap of 192.226mph, which was good enough for 19th fastest.
There were no incidents in the session.
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ABOUT KELLY CRANDALL
Kelly has been on the NASCAR beat full-time since 2013, and joined RACER as chief NASCAR writer in 2017. Her work has also appeared in NASCAR.com, the NASCAR Illustrated magazine, and NBC Sports. A corporate communications graduate from Central Penn College, Crandall is a two-time George Cunningham Writer of the Year recipient from the National Motorsports Press Association.