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The Sprint Cup Series had what I like to call a normal practice schedule in Charlotte this weekend. This means there was a practice session on Thursday followed by qualifying. Then, on Friday, there were two more practices in which all of the teams focused strictly on their race trim setups. I feel like this gives us fantasy racers a better feel as to who’s car is really fast and who’s can just put down one fast lap. This makes average practice speeds even more important, in my opinion. Greg Biffle won the pole for this year’s Bank of America 500, and the full starting lineup for Saturday night’s race can be found by clicking here.

Important Practice Notes: 1st practice notes on Friday (click here). 2nd practice–first on Saturday–notes (click here). Happy Hour notes (click here).

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 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. I have found over the years that this is much more accurate as to whether or not someone has a car that is good for one lap or one that can consistently be fast. These numbers, however, can be skewed if a team puts new tires on frequently or rarely changes the tires. Note: The chart below includes the speeds from the 2nd and final practice sessions of the weekend. The speeds from the first practice session on Friday included qualifying runs.

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In the first practice session (Friday), the five fastest drivers were:
1. Denny Hamlin – 191.693 mph
2. Mark Martin – 191.442 mph
3. Matt Kenseth – 191.333 mph
4. Joey Logano – 191.157 mph
5. Jeff Gordon – 190.975 mph
Click here for the complete results from this practice.

In the second practice session (first on Saturday), the quickest cars were:
1. Greg Biffle – 187.065 mph
2. Kasey Kahne – 186.593 mph
3. Kevin Harvick – 186.574 mph
4. Jimmie Johnson – 186.361 mph
5. Mark Martin – 186.278 mph
Click here for the complete results from this practice.

In terms of ten-lap average, the top five for the second practice were:
1. Tony Stewart – 182.929
2. Mark Martin – 182.721 mph
3. Kyle Busch – 181.897 mph
4. Joey Logano – 181.883 mph
5. Clint Bowyer – 181.876 mph
Click here for the complete ten-lap average chart for the second practice.

In “Happy Hour”, the fast five were:
1. Kyle Busch – 188.383 mph
2. Regan Smith – 188.009 mph
3. Mark Martin – 187.905 mph
4. Jimmie Johnson – 187.878 mph
5. Paul Menard – 187.402 mph
Click here for the complete results from this practice.

When it came to ten-lap average, the best for Happy Hour were:
1. Denny Hamlin – 185.194 mph
2. Regan Smith – 184.931 mph
3. Jimmie Johnson – 184.891 mph
4. Kasey Kahne – 184.857 mph
5. Brad Keselowski – 184.729 mph
Click here for the complete ten-lap average chart for Happy Hour.