Truex tops early Saturday practice at New Hampshire

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Truex tops early Saturday practice at New Hampshire

Kyle Larson was the original victor of the Coors Light Pole Award, but his time was disallowed after failing post-qualifying inspection.

Polesitter Martin Truex Jr., who led second practice, was second quick with a single-lap speed of 130.568mph followed by Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, rookie Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones. He'll be a top contender to win the Overton's 301.

"We've been working on it for a couple of years really", Truex before pole qualifying runs last night. Hamlin's speed came in a back-up vehicle, unloaded after his primary auto was damaged in a crash in opening practice. Larson posted a final practice time of 29.183 seconds, which was good for fourth fastest.

All three Richard Childress Racing cars failed to advance past the first round.

Truex, the series' points leader, registered the fastest lap in the 55-minute session, driving the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota to a 131.338 miles per hour speed. He will start at the rear of the field in Sunday's Cup race.

Seven teams had time deducted from Saturday's final practice for either failing pre-race inspection last week at Kentucky Speedway or pre-qualifying inspection Friday at New Hampshire - or both.

Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet was penalized for a rear brake cooling assembly that did not meet standards. NASCAR quickly announced the penalty, and Larson's time was disallowed because of an unapproved rear deck fin lid.

Hamlin set the quick pace in his second lap of practice with a speed of 130.568mph in the back up auto. Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five (131.071) in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford.

The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver sits third in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings, 100 markers behind leader Martin Truex Jr.

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