Posted by: Dave Thompson, follow @phillyfan17
April 28, 2017
Teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones led the first practice session at Richmond International Raceway on Friday.
Truex quickly jumped to the top of the leader board with a lap time of 21.743 seconds at 124.178 mph and remained throughout despite running just 14 laps.
Jones completed just 16 laps to grab the second spot during the practice session, but suffered some minor damage after making contact with the wall in Turn 1.
“I’ve never wrecked one on entry,” said Jones. Who was disappointed with his early miscue that forced him to the garage for repairs.
Ryan Blaney speed was slightly off from the leaders at 122.772 mph, but once again he looks to have a fast race car this weekend.
Trevor Bayne and hometown favorite, Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five.
Despite a new crew chief this weekend, Austin Dillon’s practice speeds were way off that pace at just 117.914 mph…bad enough for 36th place in practice.
Qualifying is set for 4:45pm this afternoon.