Paul Menard fastest in final Brickyard 400 practice session


Paul Menard posted the top speed in the final practice session for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Menard, who won the race in 2011, recorded a speed of 185.079 mph.

The top five was completed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (184.151 mph), Erik Jones (183.550), Chris Buescher (183.385) and Matt DiBenedetto (183.050).

The most laps in the session were recorded by Jimmie Johnson with 35.

Kurt Busch had the best 10-lap average at 181.327 mph.

The red flag had just came out to end the session when Denny Hamlin wrecked in Turn 4.

Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota hit the outside wall after a tire went down. Hamlin was able to get out of the car under his own power. He will go to a backup car and start at the rear tomorrow.

Click here for the practice report.