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DOVER, DELAWARE - OCTOBER 04: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 04, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Drydene 400 Practice: Logano posts top speed early, Larson fast late

Joey Logano, the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, registered the fastest speed in today’s first practice session for Sunday’s “Drydene 400.”

Logano, who is still searching for his first Dover win in the NASCAR Cup Series, posted a speed of 163.221 mph (22.056 seconds) while navigating the high-banked, one-mile concrete oval in the No. 22 Ford.

The top five speeds all belonged to playoff drivers, including William Byron, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman. Brad Keselowski was the slowest of the 12 remaining playoff drivers, posting the 19th quickest speed. Spring Dover winner Martin Truex Jr. was 12th while defending race champion Chase Elliott was 13th.

In Friday’s second session, Kyle Larson led the field with a speed of 162.704 mph, followed by Truex (161.377 mph).

Qualifying for the “Drydene 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race is Saturday at 1:35 p.m. The green flag for the race is scheduled to fall shortly after 2:30 p.m.