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Cup - Watkins Glen - Friday Practice

Marcos Ambrose topped the timesheets after Friday's two Cup race practice sessions, and was the only driver to break the 70s mark on the Watkins Glen road course.
Australian Marcos Ambrose once again demonstrated his road course expertise by topping the time sheets following Friday's practice sessions at the historic Watkins Glen International road course for the 'Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen' Cup race on Sunday.

His time of 69.666s in the afternoon was a thumping 0.448s ahead of Kurt Busch who was second fastest, and the only drivers to get within half a second of his benchmark were Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch has been the unexpected fastest driver in the slower morning session on the 2.45 mile circuit, his time of 70.242s just edging out Juan Montoya.

Ambrose has one of the best records of any driver at the Glen, with one second place and two third place finishes in Cup races and three wins in four starts in Nationwide. It represents the Tasmanian's best chance of getting through to the Chase if he can score his first-ever Cup series win here and make a run for one of the wildcard berths.

Qualifying is at 11.30am local time on Saturday morning with the race itself on Sunday afternoon.

There is no Camping World Truck Series race this weekend. The next Truck event is at Michigan on Saturday August 20.

Practice 2

1. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 69.666s (Leader) 126.604 mph
2. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 70.114s (-0.448) 125.795 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 70.133s (-0.467) 125.761 mph
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 70.155s (-0.489) 125.722 mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 70.203s (-0.537) 125.636 mph
6. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 70.382s (-0.716) 125.316 mph
7. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 70.557s (-0.891) 125.005 mph
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 70.683s (-1.017) 124.783 mph
9. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 70.741s (-1.075) 124.680 mph
10. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 70.797s (-1.131) 124.582 mph
11. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 70.917s (-1.251) 124.371 mph
12. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 70.942s (-1.276) 124.327 mph
13. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 70.951s (-1.285) 124.311 mph
14. #37 Scott Speed Ford 70.987s (-1.321) 124.248 mph
15. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 71.090s (-1.424) 124.068 mph
16. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 71.103s (-1.437) 124.045 mph
17. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 71.136s (-1.470) 123.988 mph
18. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 71.152s (-1.486) 123.960 mph
19. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 71.267s (-1.601) 123.760 mph
20. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 71.298s (-1.632) 123.706 mph
21. #34 David Gilliland Ford 71.304s (-1.638) 123.696 mph
22. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 71.417s (-1.751) 123.500 mph
23. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 71.474s (-1.808) 123.401 mph
24. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 71.477s (-1.811) 123.396 mph
25. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 71.489s (-1.823) 123.376 mph
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 71.502s (-1.836) 123.353 mph
27. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 71.511s (-1.845) 123.338 mph
28. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 71.518s (-1.852) 123.326 mph
29. #51 Boris Said Chevrolet 71.555s (-1.889) 123.262 mph
30. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 71.579s (-1.913) 123.220 mph
31. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 71.618s (-1.952) 123.153 mph
32. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 71.621s (-1.955) 123.148 mph
33. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 71.627s (-1.961) 123.138 mph
34. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 71.660s (-1.994) 123.081 mph
35. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 71.679s (-2.013) 123.049 mph
36. #177 P.J. Jones Dodge 71.776s (-2.110) 122.882 mph
37. #6 David Ragan Ford 71.799s (-2.133) 122.843 mph
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 71.834s (-2.168) 122.783 mph
39. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 71.896s (-2.230) 122.677 mph
40. #36 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 71.988s (-2.322) 122.520 mph
41. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 72.156s (-2.490) 122.235 mph
42. #46 Brian Simo Ford 72.312s (-2.646) 121.971 mph
43. #150 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet 72.348s (-2.682) 121.911 mph
44. #38 Terry Labonte Ford 72.475s (-2.809) 121.697 mph
45. #32 Andrew Ranger Ford 72.614s (-2.948) 121.464 mph
46. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 72.670s (-3.004) 121.371 mph

Practice 1

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 70.242s (Leader) 125.566 mph
2. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 70.247s (-0.005) 125.557 mph
3. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 70.254s (-0.012) 125.545 mph
4. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 70.429s (-0.187) 125.232 mph
5. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 70.456s (-0.214) 125.185 mph
6. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 70.585s (-0.343) 124.956 mph
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 70.844s (-0.602) 124.499 mph
8. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 70.858s (-0.616) 124.474 mph
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 70.873s (-0.631) 124.448 mph
10. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 70.917s (-0.675) 124.371 mph
11. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 70.983s (-0.741) 124.255 mph
12. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 70.990s (-0.748) 124.243 mph
13. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 70.994s (-0.752) 124.236 mph
14. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 71.080s (-0.838) 124.086 mph
15. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 71.111s (-0.869) 124.031 mph
16. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 71.388s (-1.146) 123.550 mph
17. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 71.400s (-1.158) 123.529 mph
18. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 71.518s (-1.276) 123.326 mph
19. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 71.540s (-1.298) 123.288 mph
20. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 71.585s (-1.343) 123.210 mph
21. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 71.595s (-1.353) 123.193 mph
22. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 71.623s (-1.381) 123.145 mph
23. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 71.623s (-1.381) 123.145 mph
24. #6 David Ragan Ford 71.668s (-1.426) 123.067 mph
25. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 71.710s (-1.468) 122.995 mph
26. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 71.731s (-1.489) 122.959 mph
27. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 71.786s (-1.544) 122.865 mph
28. #51 Boris Said Chevrolet 71.845s (-1.603) 122.764 mph
29. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 71.898s (-1.656) 122.674 mph
30. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 71.950s (-1.708) 122.585 mph
31. #34 David Gilliland Ford 72.193s (-1.951) 122.173 mph
32. #32 Andrew Ranger Ford 72.291s (-2.049) 122.007 mph
33. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 72.398s (-2.156) 121.827 mph
34. #36 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 72.399s (-2.157) 121.825 mph
35. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 72.443s (-2.201) 121.751 mph
36. #46 Brian Simo Ford 72.454s (-2.212) 121.732 mph
37. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 72.533s (-2.291) 121.600 mph
38. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 72.555s (-2.313) 121.563 mph
39. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 72.606s (-2.364) 121.478 mph
40. #38 Terry Labonte Ford 72.637s (-2.395) 121.426 mph
41. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 72.753s (-2.511) 121.232 mph
42. #177 P.J. Jones Dodge 73.030s (-2.788) 120.772 mph
43. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 73.221s (-2.979) 120.457 mph
44. #150 T.J. Bell* Chevrolet 73.468s (-3.226) 120.052 mph
45. #37 Scott Speed Ford 73.642s (-3.400) 119.769 mph
46. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 73.852s (-3.610) 119.428 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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