Practice Breakdown: Richmond 2 – Wonderful Pistachios 400

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I’m not sure how important the practice speeds will be this weekend but here’s the Breakdown. Two sessions were held Friday afternoon and qualifying will be later on tonight. The race this weekend is set to start around 7:30 pm Saturday night, which is the reason why I’m not sure how relevant the practice speeds will be. Be sure to check out Ryan’s Scouting Report for Richmond for tips how to make an informed pick this weekend.

Important Practice Notes: Landon Cassill spun out coming out of turn two in first practice. I’m not sure if he hit anything, though, because ESPN didn’t show it or comment on it.

The top five drivers in the first practice session were:
1. Jeff Gordon – 126.292 mph
2. Jimmie Johnson – 125.962 mph
3. Casey Mears – 125.927 mph
4. Clint Bowyer – 125.921 mph
5. A.J. Allmendinger – 125.611 mph
Complete rankings of practice one can be found by clicking here.
The five fastest over ten consecutive laps in first practice were:
1. Joey Logano – 122.283 mph
2. Tony Stewart – 122.196 mph
3. Martin Truex, Jr. – 122.001 mph
4. Brian Vickers – 121.918 mph
5. Kyle Busch – 121.557 mph

In Happy Hour, the five fastest drivers were:
1. Carl Edwards – 122.755 mph
2. Mark Martin – 122.366 mph
3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – 122.166 mph
4. Kyle Busch – 121.814 mph
5. Clint Bowyer – 121.797 mph
Complete rankings of this practice can be found by clicking here.
In terms of ten-lap average, the following were fastest in Happy Hour:
1. Jeff Gordon – 120.550 mph
2. Jimmie Johnson – 120.232 mph
3. Mark Martin – 120.214 mph
4. Martin Truex, Jr. – 120.174 mph
5. Kasey Kahne – 120.056 mph

AVERAGE PRACTICE SPEEDS:

Average practice speeds are calculated by taking the average speed of each driver in each practice and multiplying it by the number of laps ran. When you do this for each practice and add the  totals together, and then divide by the total number of laps ran, you get an average of their practice speed, instead of just the one lap statistic you see when you look at practice sheets. The order that they are in is the overall average speeds rank of the two practice session combined.

  1. Carl Edwards at 120.279 mph over 56 laps
  2. Matt Kenseth at 120.090 mph over 57 laps
  3. Kevin Harvick at 120.012 mph over 83 laps
  4. Martin Truex, Jr. at 119.705 mph over 95 laps
  5. Kyle Busch at 119.697 mph over 88 laps
  6. Brian Vickers at 119.587 mph over 89 laps
  7. Joey Logano at 119.446 mph over 108 laps
  8. Jimmie Johnson at 119.409 mph over 91 laps
  9. Clint Bowyer at 119.375 mph over 87 laps
  10. Mark Martin at 119.362 mph over 89 laps
  11. Kasey Kahne at 119.288 mph over 98 laps
  12. Jamie McMurray at 119.288 mph over 74 laps
  13. Jeff Gordon at 119.266 mph over 106 laps
  14. Paul Meanrd at 119.238 mph over 96 laps
  15. Greg Biffle at 119.215 mph over 85 laps
  16. A.J. Allmendinger at 119.189 mph over 117 laps
  17. Juan Montoya at 119.149 mph over 57 laps
  18. Kurt Busch at 119.027 mph over 95 laps
  19. Ryan Newman at 119.012 mph over 89 laps
  20. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at 118.962 mph over 85 laps
  21. Jeff Burton at 118.944 mph over 93 laps
  22. Tony Stewart at 118.942 mph over 105 laps
  23. David Gilliland at 118.896 mph over 69 laps
  24. Denny Hamlin at 118.850 mph over 116 laps
  25. Marcos Ambrose at 118.618 mph over 112 laps
  26. Regan Smith at 118.592 mph over 111 laps
  27. Mike Bliss at 118.575 mph over 60 laps
  28. David Ragan at 118.546 mph over 116 laps
  29. Brad Keselowski at 118.395 mph over 124 laps
  30. Landon Cassill at 118.387 mph over 42 laps
  31. David Reutimann at 118.309 mph over 114 laps
  32. Casey Mears at 118.230 mph over 99 laps
  33. Bobby Labonte at 118.047 mph over 115 laps
  34. Stephen Leicht at 117.652 mph over 79 laps
  35. Andy Lally at 116.588 mph over 74 laps
Go-or-Go-Homer’s Average Speeds:
  1.  David Stremme at 120.666 mph over 15 laps
  2. Scott Speed at 120.527 mph over 18 laps
  3. Joe Nemechek at 120.498 mph over 19 laps
  4. Erik Darnell at 120.385 mph over 25 laps
  5. Robby Gordon at 120.054 mph over 14 laps
  6. Michael McDowell at 120.047 mph over 12 laps
  7. Dave Blaney at 119.948 mph over 39 laps
  8. Mike Skinner at 119.799 mph over 23 laps
  9. J.J. Yeley at 119.531 mph over 34 laps
  10. Travis Kvapil at 119.240 mph over 50 laps
  11. T.J. Bell at 118.060 mph over 38 laps

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