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Logano Fastest Once More, Leads Final Practice at Homestead

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Continuing the speed shown earlier in the day, Joey Logano was the fastest once again in final practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway, jumping to the top of the board early on and staying there for the duration of the session.

Logano clocked in at 31.450 seconds, 171.701 mph, with fellow championship contender Martin Truex Jr. following close on his heels with the second fastest time in practice.

“I think we were pretty good,” Logano said. “I am not sure our last run was as good as I wanted it to be but I don’t think it was that bad. We will have to look at some more data to understand it better. The car has speed on the short run and hangs decent on the long run. We just made a couple of 30-lappers or so. We will just be doing some fine tuning from here. No wholesale changes which is good.

“We have a piece that can do it tomorrow. We just have to make sure to make the right changes tonight and then go out there and execute our race.”

The remainder of the top-10 went to Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Just like the first practice of the day, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick lacked speed, only managing speeds good enough for 12th and 14th. Busch did get a bit of damage on the right side of his car at some point during practice, but it looked to be minor and easily repairable.

“All of my guys are working hard to make this M&M’s Camry as strong as possible for tomorrow’s race,” said Busch. “We’ve made some small adjustments to get better for the race and we’re still chasing some speed, but I know they’ll make some good adjustments and be ready for tomorrow.”

Now that practice is over with, all that’s left to do is line them up and race. The Ford EcoBoost 400 is scheduled for 3:00 pm Eastern Sunday on NBC.

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s. Learning to love the sport at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993, he has been hooked ever since. David is a National Motorsports Press Association member, having covered races across the country since 2012 and looks forward to visiting every track on the circuit in the near future.