Hamlin Quick Again in First Saturday Practice

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Denny Hamlin led Saturday’s first Cup practice at Homestead (Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America photo).

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Sunday pole-sitter Denny Hamlin once again led the speed charts Saturday morning at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Hamlin (171.13 mph) barely knocked off Martin Truex Jr. for the Ford EcoBoost 400 pole Friday evening and was also fastest among 24 drivers who ran 10 consecutive laps in the session. Truex (170.020 mph) slotted second in that respective category and third-quickest overall.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (170.681 mph) turned the second-fastest time around the 1.5-mile track at 31.638 seconds. Earnhardt is making his final cup start at Homestead-Miami while driving the paint scheme he made his series debut with in 1999.

Truex was third, followed by 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne completing the top-five. Kahne is driving his last race for Hendrick Motorsports before going over to Leavine-Family Racing next season.

Ryan Newman ended up sixth as Joey Logano was the second-fastest Ford driver in seventh. The Fords of Trevor Bayne, Ryan Blaney and title contender Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-10.

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were 16th and 17th on the charts, respectively. In the 10-consecutive lap average category, Busch was fourth-quickest with Harvick ended up seventh.

The No. 66 of David Starr didn’t turn a time in the first of two Saturday practices at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices one final time in 2017 with a 50-minute session at 1 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN).

Full practice results can be viewed on the next page…

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