By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
The first practice session of the week for the Sprint Cup Series was a fast, yet long one. The session lasted an hour and a half, and produced some very fast speeds in relation to the tracks we have been visiting in the past few weeks.
Greg Biffle turned the quickest lap of practice with a lap of 190.813 mph. Biffle of course won at Texas back in 2005, and his Roush-Fenway team as a whole are usually among the best here.
Tony Stewart completed 25 total laps in the session, the quickest of which was a 190.201 mph lap. That lap time was quick enough to make Stewart second fastest in the session. Stewart is looking for his second career win at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was able to put down a lap of 189.567 mph, which was good enough for third fastest. Earnhardt of course has been great all season in qualifying, and this week should be no exception. Earnhardt is a previous pole winner here at Texas, and it is also the place he got his first ever Nationwide, and Sprint Cup Series victories.
Clint Boywer, who helped around the community this week by filling potholes in the road, was the fourth quickest car in the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session of the week, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top-five.
Jimmie Johnson made it known earlier in the day that he likes this race track.
“This will be a great race this weekend. It’s a big market and a fun race track,” Johnson said, “The race track is widening and giving us a lot of options as drivers to look around and put on a great show. I’m excited for the race; there are still obviously some unknowns with the spoiler this weekend.”