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Results from the first of Saturday's two Sprint Cup practices in Vegas

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By Tom Jensen

This just in: The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas are still fast. Carl Edwards demonstrated as much Saturday when he paced the first of two rounds of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in advance of Sunday’s Kobalt 400 (FOX, 3 p.m. ET).
Edwards had a best lap of 191.564 miles per hour during the morning session at the 1.5-mile track. Unfortunately for the veteran driver, though, he will start Sunday’s race from the back of the field, after a right-rear tire failure during qualifying on Friday put his No. 19 JGR Toyota into the wall. That forced Edwards to a back-up car and a starting spot at the tail end of the grid on Sunday.

But Edwards’ back-up car clearly has plenty of speed, and the driver didn’t sound upset at the prospect of having to come through the field in Sunday’s race.

“In a way starting the race from the rear is kind of fun. Other than the fact that it’s harder, it’s kind of a neat challenge,” Edwards said. “I’ve done it a bunch in my career. I think statistically when we start in the rear we do pretty well. We’ll just go for it.”

Second fast in the Saturday morning session was Austin Dillon, who wheeled the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to a best lap of 190.894 mph. Casey Mears was third in the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevy, with Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski completing the top five.

The final Happy Hour round of practice takes place at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on FS1.

Here are the results from Saturday's first practice:

119Carl Edwards
23Austin Dillon
Dow - Energy & Water / Intellifresh190.89428.288--0.099
313Casey Mears
45Kasey Kahne
Farmers Insurance190.35528.368--0.179
52Brad Keselowski
Miller Lite190.29528.377--0.188
66Trevor Bayne
Advocare Ford Fusion190.28228.379--0.190
731Ryan Newman
824Chase Elliott
NAPA Auto Parts190.16828.396--0.207
947AJ Allmendinger
Smith’s / Kingsford190.02728.417--0.228
1041Kurt Busch
Monster Energy / Haas Automation190.02028.418--0.229
1120Matt Kenseth
1216Greg Biffle
Cheez-It Ford Fusion189.90728.435--0.246
1348Jimmie Johnson
1417Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Fastenal Ford Fusion189.30128.526--0.337
1542Kyle Larson
1611Denny Hamlin
FedEx Office189.21528.539--0.350
1743Aric Almirola
18*21Ryan Blaney
Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center188.67328.621--0.432
1934Chris Buescher
Love’s Travel Stops188.55428.639--0.450
2078Martin Truex Jr
Furniture Row188.53428.642--0.453
211Jamie McMurray
224Kevin Harvick
Jimmy John's188.43628.657--0.468
2315Clint Bowyer
5-Hour Energy188.39028.664--0.475
2423David Ragan
Dr. Pepper188.24528.686--0.497
2527Paul Menard
Dutch Boy / Menards188.18028.696--0.507
2688Dale Earnhardt Jr
2718Kyle Busch
M&M's 75188.12728.704--0.515
2844Brian Scott
Albertsons Co. / White Tail188.10728.707--0.518
2910Danica Patrick
Nature's Bakery188.01628.721--0.532
3022Joey Logano
Shell Pennzoil187.25328.838--0.649
3114Brian Vickers
Mobil 1187.18228.849--0.660
3295Michael McDowell
WRL General Contractors186.76128.914--0.725
337Regan Smith
Road Rippers Street Beatz Chevrolet186.61228.937--0.748
3483Matt DiBenedetto
Cosmo Motors184.57829.256--1.067
3538Landon Cassill
MDS Transport184.23729.310--1.121
3646Michael Annett
Pilot Flying J183.11329.490--1.301
3732Jeffrey Earnhardt
Can - Am182.88329.527--1.338
38*30Josh Wise
Curtis Key Plumbing182.53729.583--1.394
39*98Cole Whitt
Speed Stick Chevy182.44529.598--1.409
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Awesome to see Mears doing so well! But, what the hell happened to Vickers?!
THe 48 and 3 were both 1 and 2 for 10 lap averages for both practices.
I'm totally pumped up for how fast that #3 car is!
Dillon seems to be pretty fast this week. I hope that holds true for the race.
I'm totally pumped up for how fast that #3 car is!
Dillon seems to be pretty fast this week. I hope that holds true for the race.
Hopefully, it turns out better than Chicago and Kansas did in the chase last year. When he was fast, but blew a tire and wrecked
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Betting that Bowyer is in for another long Sunday.
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