Truex, Jr., On Top In Second "Meijer 300 Presented By Oreo" Practice
Defending NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex, Jr., led the final practice session for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" with a fast of 180.301 mph.
The lap was 2.57 mph better than Carl Edwards' leading lap from the first qualifying session and 0.199 mph better than Truex, Jr.'s series track record setting qualifying lap of 180.102 mph from 2004.
"I noticed the track changed a little bit," Truex, Jr. said. "We did a qualifying run in the second practice and I'm happy with the way the car was. It's going to cool down a little bit. Hopefully, we can have our car as good as it was today when it's time to go fast tonight. As far as being a little faster than last year, I think all our (series) teams have stepped it up from last year and made our cars better throughout the year."
Overall, fifteen drivers finished the session ahead of Edwards' top lap from the first session. Series leader Reed Sorenson was second quickest with a lap of 179.587 mph and Kenny Wallace was third with a lap of 179.426 mph. Both drivers improved six positions from the opening practice session.
"The Stacker 2 Ford was in race mode the whole time," Wallace said. "We made our qualifying run a lot later than everybody else did, so simply, we spent more time getting ready for the race. That's all.
"You gotta watch those monitors, you gotta be careful because you don't know who's in qualifying mode and who's in race mode. We learned more in the second session. If we knew everything in the first session we wouldn't have went out for the second session."
Sorenson also was pleased with his team's progress during the final practice.
"In the first practice we were bottoming out and we got it to where it doesn't do that anymore," he said. "We got it better on the old tires first, then did a qualifying run. We were second, so I think we have a shot at the pole."
Qualifying for "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" begins at 5:00 p.m. Up next at the speedway, Travis Tritt will begin his two-hour concert at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets for tonight's NASCAR Busch Series event remain and can be purchased at the speedway main entrance at Gates 15 and 16.
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