Carl Edwards Ahead in Second Auto Club 400 Practice

by March 19, 2016

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Carl Edwards led the way in second practice for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday morning with a lap time of 38.317 seconds.

Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. came up just over half of a tenth of a second short from heading the speed chart with his lap of 38.317 seconds.

From there, the rest of the field was at least a quarter of a second behind Edwards on the speed chart with Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon respectively sitting third-through-fifth with times of 38.577, 38.578 and 38.588 seconds.

Rounding out the top-10 of the speed chart were Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Casey Mears and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Fastest over a 10-lap run was Edwards’s teammate Busch, who had an average speed of 182.568 miles per hour over a run – faster than Truex Jr. and Dillon’s respective figures of 182.487 and 182.225 miles per hour.

Aric Almirola had his share of issues in practice after hitting the right side of his No. 43 Ford against the Turn 2 wall during the 55-minute session.

Kurt Busch also had an encounter with the wall midway through the session and will roll out a backup car for final practice.

Second Practice Times for the Auto Club 400

  1. 19 – Carl Edwards – 38.317
  2. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – 38.373 | -0.056
  3. 31 – Ryan Newman – 38.577 | -0.260
  4. 18 – Kyle Busch – 38.578 | -0.261
  5. 3 – Austin Dillon – 38.588 | -0.271
  6. 27 – Paul Menard – 38.676 | -0.359
  7. 44 – Brian Scott# – 38.697 | -0.380
  8. 17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – 38.728 | -0.411
  9. 13 – Casey Mears – 38.824 | -0.507
  10. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 38.830 | -0.513
  11. 47 – A.J. Allmendinger – 38.850 | -0.533
  12. 24 – Chase Elliott# – 38.866 | -0.549
  13. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – 38.877 | -0.560
  14. 7 – Regan Smith – 38.898 | -0.581
  15. 41 – Kurt Busch – 38.908 | -0.591
  16. 14 – Brian Vickers – 38.931 | -0.614
  17. 4 – Kevin Harvick – 38.980 | -0.663
  18. 20 – Matt Kenseth – 38.992 | -0.675
  19. 43 – Aric Almirola – 39.018 | -0.701
  20. 21 – Ryan Blaney#* – 39.025 | -0.708
  21. 1 – Jamie McMurray – 39.034 | -0.717
  22. 15 – Clint Bowyer – 39.035 | -0.718
  23. 11 – Denny Hamlin – 39.056 | -0.739
  24. 2 – Brad Keselowski – 39.061 | -0.744
  25. 6 – Trevor Bayne – 39.089 | -0.772
  26. 83 – Matt DiBenedetto – 39.099 | -0.782
  27. 10 – Danica Patrick – 39.101 | -0.784
  28. 22 – Joey Logano – 39.123 | -0.806
  29. 42 – Kyle Larson – 39.128 | -0.811
  30. 5 – Kasey Kahne – 39.132 | -0.815
  31. 16 – Greg Biffle – 39.144 | -0.827
  32. 38 – Landon Cassill – 39.305 | -0.988
  33. 34 – Chris Buescher# – 39.380 | -1.063
  34. 95 – Michael McDowell – 39.567 | -1.250
  35. 23 – David Ragan – 39.733 | -1.416
  36. 98 – Cole Whitt* – 39.790 | -1.473
  37. 46 – Michael Annett – 39.799 | -1.482
  38. 32 – Jeffrey Earnhardt# – 40.275 | -1.958
  39. 30 – Josh Wise* – 40.831 | -2.514

# = Rookie, * = Non-charter driver.

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