By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A day after struggling to find speed in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session of the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Joey Logano topped the board in the first of two Saturday practice sessions.
Logano ran 40 laps throughout practice, but it was his first lap on track that was the fastest, posting a time of 31.838 seconds, 169.609 mph. The Team Penske driver was also fastest among 10-lap averages.
“How do you not feel confident in that? You have to,” Logano said. “I’m sure, like I said up there, everyone else feels confident, that they’re the favorite. I just said it. I’m pretty sure they think that, too. If you don’t, then just go home, right? You got to feel confident in yourself, otherwise you’re wasting your time out here.”
He would be followed by Aric Almirola, polesitter Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Erik Jones to round out the top-five.
The only other Championship 4 driver to join Logano in the top-10 was Martin Truex, Jr. in ninth place.
As far as Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, they were only able to get to 23rd and 28th, respectively by the time the session ended.
Just one final practice remains for the Cup Series, with the last chance for them to dial in their cars before the race coming at 2:00 pm Eastern.