Ryan Blaney nearly eclipses 200 mph to lead Cup practice at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Ryan Blaney posted the fastest lap in Friday’s 85-minute practice session with a lap of 199.933 mph Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Blaney was followed by Denny Hamlin (199.196 mph), Kurt Busch (199.181), Martin Truex Jr. (198.954) and Matt Kenseth (198.749).

Also over 198 mph were: Chase Elliott (198.749 mph), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (198.333), Kyle Busch (198.100) and Kevin Harvick (198.027).

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There were no incidents in the session.

Jimmie Johnson missed the first 1 hour, 12 minutes of the session because of fuel pressure problems, getting on track with 13 minutes left in the session. Johnson ranked 19th on the speed chart with a lap of 196.428 mph. He ran only three laps in the session, fewest among the 40 cars on track.

Daniel Hemric drove the No. 27 car for Paul Menard, who was at home with his wife and newborn baby. Menard will be in the car Saturday and race Sunday.

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