Weather Cancels STP 500 Qualifying

Apr 02, 2017, 00:42
Weather Cancels STP 500 Qualifying

Brad Keselowski posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the STP 500 at Martinsville with a speed of 94.406 miles per hour. Points leader Kyle Larson followed three consecutive second-place finishes by winning last weekend at Fontana, California, but even though he was third here a year ago, the tire and brake wear and patience required to navigate the tight turns, cramped pit road and 500 laps remain a challenge to him.

The field for the STP 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be set by the rule book. "We just have to get there with ourselves".

The STP 500 this weekend could likely give us a sixth different victor in six races this season. "I could tell in his voice that he really, really liked the Martinsville clock and the fact that we won our ninth, and it just dawned on me, this man, I think he'd really appreciate having this trophy in his house. We definitely need a good run". "But I think that really eight races in is when you can really look at the bigger picture and kind of figure out where you're at". "I've gotten better at it each time, but it's still not a track where I'm extremely comfortable".

"It's a little bit easier, because we've played Martinsville Speedway races before", Joyce said.

Three drivers who already have won races this season were the three fastest in Saturday's first practice.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Daniel Suarez, who backed his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota into the Turn 3 wall in Friday's opening practice, had trouble getting his backup auto up to speed on Saturday morning. A second band of severe weather brining heavy rain and lightning swept over the half-mile track shortly after the conclusion of the one-hour session that saw Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch post the fastest single-lap speed.

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