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Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin launched to the top of the leaderboard Saturday in final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Hamlin pushed the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota to a fast lap of 188.450 mph on the 1.54-mile track in final preparation for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM). Hamlin holds the 12th starting spot for the 500-miler, the series' second race of the season.
Martin Truex Jr., runner-up to Hamlin in last weekend's Great American Race, was second-fastest on the leaderboard again. The driver of the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota, an affiliate team to the Gibbs operation, registered a lap of 188.226 mph.
Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson piloted the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet to the third-fastest speed (187.297 mph) in the 80-minute session. The remainder of the top five was filled with his Hendrick teammates --Dale Earnhardt Jr. (187.095) and rookie Chase Elliott (186.963), the Daytona 500 pole winner.
Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch, whose fast time in Friday's qualifying was disallowed because of a technical violation, clocked the sixth-fastest lap in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. Kurt Busch, who inherited the first starting position in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying after his brother's time was disallowed, was ninth-fastest in final practice.
Jamie McMurray, who will start second Sunday, brushed the frontstretch wall near the 15-minute mark of final practice, scraping the right-rear fender of his Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet.
McMurray took blame for the accident, saying he had looked down to check lap times on his digital dashboard and lost track of the racing line. McMurray indicated in TV interviews that the team did not plan to deploy a reserve car.
McMurray was fastest in the category of best consecutive 10-lap average, running his first 10 laps at 181.480 mph. Ryan Newman, Johnson, Kurt Busch and Austin Dillon completed the top five.

111Denny Hamlin
FedEx Ground188.45029.419Leader
278Martin Truex Jr
Furniture Row188.22629.454--0.035
348Jimmie Johnson
488Dale Earnhardt Jr
524Chase Elliott
NAPA Auto Parts186.96329.653--0.234
618Kyle Busch
M&M's 75186.67929.698--0.279
71Jamie McMurray
813Casey Mears
941Kurt Busch
Monster Energy / Haas Automation186.08429.793--0.374
1031Ryan Newman
1120Matt Kenseth
Dollar General185.90329.822--0.403
1242Kyle Larson
1317Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion185.36229.909--0.490
1416Greg Biffle
Roush Performance Ford Fusion185.36229.909--0.490
154Kevin Harvick
Jimmy John's185.26929.924--0.505
165Kasey Kahne
172Brad Keselowski
1827Paul Menard
Valvoline / Menards185.07129.956--0.537
19*21Ryan Blaney
Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center184.96629.973--0.554
203Austin Dillon
2119Carl Edwards
2215Clint Bowyer
2383Matt DiBenedetto
Sewanee, The University of the South / ZAK Products183.89930.147--0.728
2443Aric Almirola
256Trevor Bayne
Advocare Ford Fusion183.38230.232--0.813
2623David Ragan
Dr. Pepper183.23030.257--0.838
2747AJ Allmendinger
Kroger/Scott Products183.09730.279--0.860
2834Chris Buescher
CSX – Play it Safe183.09730.279--0.860
297Regan Smith
Nikko / RC ToyState Chevrolet183.09730.279--0.860
3044Brian Scott
Twisted Tea182.96430.301--0.882
3110Danica Patrick
Aspen Dental182.92230.308--0.889
3222Joey Logano
Shell Pennzoil182.88630.314--0.895
3314Ty Dillon
Bass Pro Shops Tracker Boats182.78930.330--0.911
3495Michael McDowell
Thrivent Financial181.49730.546--1.127
3538Landon Cassill
FR8 Auctions180.80430.663--1.244
3646Michael Annett
Pilot Flying J179.97730.804--1.385
37*98Cole Whitt
Tweaker Energy Shot177.86331.170--1.751
38*30Josh Wise
Curtis Key Plumbing177.38531.254--1.835
3932Jeffrey Earnhardt
Can - Am177.31731.266--1.847
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No surprise here, Toyota tops the charts again.
What the hell happened to Scott and Bayne from qualify to this practice? And I'm amazed that Logano hasn't been anywhere near the top at all this weekend.
The Toyotas are up there again.
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