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Cup: Charlotte - Saturday practice

Denny Hamlin set the fastest time on Saturday, in the first of the two weekend practice sessions at Charlotte Motor Speedways ahead of Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
Denny Hamlin topped the timesheets on Saturday, with his best run of the day coming in the first of the two practice sessions at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.

His time of 28.995s (186.239 mph) was 0.018s faster than Paul Menard, with Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch also setting the early pace in the first practice opportunity since qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 took place on Thursday evening.

Hamlin's time was faster than that of Brad Keselowski, who posted a lap of 29.397s (183.692 mph) in the second session, the final "Happy Hour" of practice before Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the longest on the 2012 calendar.

Practice 3

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.397s (Leader) 183.692 mph
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.452s (-0.055) 183.349 mph
3. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 29.471s (-0.074) 183.231 mph
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.471s (-0.074) 183.231 mph
5. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.521s (-0.124) 182.921 mph
6. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.523s (-0.126) 182.908 mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.538s (-0.141) 182.815 mph
8. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 29.548s (-0.151) 182.753 mph
9. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.587s (-0.190) 182.513 mph
10. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.598s (-0.201) 182.445 mph
11. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.598s (-0.201) 182.445 mph
12. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.626s (-0.229) 182.272 mph
13. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.640s (-0.243) 182.186 mph
14. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.650s (-0.253) 182.125 mph
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.677s (-0.280) 181.959 mph
16. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.680s (-0.283) 181.941 mph
17. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.689s (-0.292) 181.885 mph
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.715s (-0.318) 181.726 mph
19. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.725s (-0.328) 181.665 mph
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.726s (-0.329) 181.659 mph
21. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.739s (-0.342) 181.580 mph
22. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.753s (-0.356) 181.494 mph
23. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.790s (-0.393) 181.269 mph
24. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.797s (-0.400) 181.226 mph
25. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.811s (-0.414) 181.141 mph
26. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.854s (-0.457) 180.880 mph
27. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.860s (-0.463) 180.844 mph
28. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.893s (-0.496) 180.644 mph
29. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.917s (-0.520) 180.499 mph
30. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 30.016s (-0.619) 179.904 mph
31. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.043s (-0.646) 179.742 mph
32. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 30.056s (-0.659) 179.665 mph
33. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30.069s (-0.672) 179.587 mph
34. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 30.122s (-0.725) 179.271 mph
35. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.132s (-0.735) 179.212 mph
36. #34 David Ragan Ford 30.138s (-0.741) 179.176 mph
37. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 30.300s (-0.903) 178.218 mph
38. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 30.403s (-1.006) 177.614 mph
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.546s (-1.149) 176.783 mph
40. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 30.687s (-1.290) 175.970 mph
41. #38 David Gilliland Ford
42. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
43. #30 David Stremme Toyota

Practice 2

1. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28.995s (Leader) 186.239 mph
2. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.013s (-0.018) 186.123 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.029s (-0.034) 186.021 mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.037s (-0.042) 185.970 mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.048s (-0.053) 185.899 mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.079s (-0.084) 185.701 mph
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.090s (-0.095) 185.631 mph
8. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 29.091s (-0.096) 185.624 mph
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.127s (-0.132) 185.395 mph
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.137s (-0.142) 185.331 mph
11. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.159s (-0.164) 185.192 mph
12. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 29.172s (-0.177) 185.109 mph
13. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 29.195s (-0.200) 184.963 mph
14. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 29.221s (-0.226) 184.799 mph
15. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 29.226s (-0.231) 184.767 mph
16. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.235s (-0.240) 184.710 mph
17. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.247s (-0.252) 184.634 mph
18. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.251s (-0.256) 184.609 mph
19. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.262s (-0.267) 184.540 mph
20. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.267s (-0.272) 184.508 mph
21. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 29.285s (-0.290) 184.395 mph
22. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.295s (-0.300) 184.332 mph
23. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.305s (-0.310) 184.269 mph
24. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.329s (-0.334) 184.118 mph
25. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29.359s (-0.364) 183.930 mph
26. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.371s (-0.376) 183.855 mph
27. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.509s (-0.514) 182.995 mph
28. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 29.592s (-0.597) 182.482 mph
29. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 29.652s (-0.657) 182.113 mph
30. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.669s (-0.674) 182.008 mph
31. #13 Casey Mears Ford 29.717s (-0.722) 181.714 mph
32. #195 Scott Speed Ford 29.720s (-0.725) 181.696 mph
33. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 29.722s (-0.727) 181.684 mph
34. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 29.722s (-0.727) 181.684 mph
35. #38 David Gilliland Ford 29.735s (-0.740) 181.604 mph
36. #34 David Ragan Ford 29.800s (-0.805) 181.208 mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 29.814s (-0.819) 181.123 mph
38. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 29.819s (-0.824) 181.093 mph
39. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 29.941s (-0.946) 180.355 mph
40. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 29.950s (-0.955) 180.301 mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.986s (-0.991) 180.084 mph
42. #33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet 30.004s (-1.009) 179.976 mph
43. #30 David Stremme Toyota 30.227s (-1.232) 178.648 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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