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Cup - Texas - Thursday practice

Mark Martin put the #55 car at the top of the timesheets in Thursday's sole Cup practice session ahead of Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Mark Martin proved once again that he was thriving on his part-time schedule in 2012, putting the #55 on top of the first practice session timesheets at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 floodlit race.

Martin's lap of 28.507s (189.427 mph) was 0.031s ahead of Greg Biffle, with Kevin Harvick, AJ Allmendinger and Regan Smith also within a tenth of the top time on the 1.5-mile quad-oval venue after the sole two-hour practice session on Thursday afternoon.

A second practice session will be held on Friday afternoon ahead of the qualifying session in the early evening (6.30pm ET).

With 46 cars competing for a 46-car grid, three cars will go home after Friday evening qualifying. In Thursday's practice session, the three cars in the drop zone were Scott Riggs, Scott Speed and Stacy Compton.

Practice 1

1. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 28.507s (Leader) 189.427 mph
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 28.538s (-0.031) 189.221 mph
3. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.540s (-0.033) 189.208 mph
4. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 28.582s (-0.075) 188.930 mph
5. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28.590s (-0.083) 188.877 mph
6. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 28.621s (-0.114) 188.673 mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 28.634s (-0.127) 188.587 mph
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 28.643s (-0.136) 188.528 mph
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.648s (-0.141) 188.495 mph
10. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 28.659s (-0.152) 188.423 mph
11. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 28.667s (-0.160) 188.370 mph
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 28.681s (-0.174) 188.278 mph
13. #13 Casey Mears Ford 28.683s (-0.176) 188.265 mph
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28.740s (-0.233) 187.891 mph
15. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 28.741s (-0.234) 187.885 mph
16. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 28.749s (-0.242) 187.833 mph
17. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 28.753s (-0.246) 187.807 mph
18. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 28.775s (-0.268) 187.663 mph
19. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 28.788s (-0.281) 187.578 mph
20. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 28.792s (-0.285) 187.552 mph
21. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 28.799s (-0.292) 187.507 mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28.800s (-0.293) 187.500 mph
23. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28.811s (-0.304) 187.428 mph
24. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 28.824s (-0.317) 187.344 mph
25. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 28.828s (-0.321) 187.318 mph
26. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28.834s (-0.327) 187.279 mph
27. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 28.851s (-0.344) 187.169 mph
28. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 28.855s (-0.348) 187.143 mph
29. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 28.977s (-0.470) 186.355 mph
30. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.015s (-0.508) 186.111 mph
31. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.031s (-0.524) 186.008 mph
32. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.129s (-0.622) 185.382 mph
33. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.167s (-0.660) 185.141 mph
34. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 29.238s (-0.731) 184.691 mph
35. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.242s (-0.735) 184.666 mph
36. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.367s (-0.860) 183.880 mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.377s (-0.870) 183.817 mph
38. #30 David Stremme Toyota 29.389s (-0.882) 183.742 mph
39. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 29.399s (-0.892) 183.680 mph
40. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 29.480s (-0.973) 183.175 mph
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 29.495s (-0.988) 183.082 mph
42. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.513s (-1.006) 182.970 mph
43. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.608s (-1.101) 182.383 mph
44. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.614s (-1.107) 182.346 mph
45. #33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 29.810s (-1.303) 181.147 mph
46. #74 Stacy Compton Chevrolet 30.017s (-1.510) 179.898 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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