Denny Hamlin leads opening Cup practice at Darlington

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Denny Hamlin posted the fastest lap in Friday’s opening Cup practice at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin led the way with a lap of 172.287 mph.

He was followed by Kyle Larson (172.034 mph), Brad Keselowski (171.998), Alex Bowman (171.980) and Ryan Newman (171.926).

Next was Erik Jones (171.878). He was followed by Jimmie Johnson (171.746), Ryan Blaney (171.704), Aric Almirola (171.548) and Paul Menard (171.226).

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Newman ran the most laps in this session with 28.

Jamie McMurray brought out the caution when his car suffered an engine issue had smoke trailing from it. Jones spun while coming to pit road. He did not hit anything.