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Carl Edwards fastest in Darlington's lone NASCAR Nationwide Series practice

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. - Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards posted the fastest lap in the lone NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at steamy Darlington Raceway on Friday.

Edwards' top lap of 173.755 mph was 0.002 seconds faster than second-place Jason Leffler, driving Braun Racing's No. 10 entry this weekend. Leffler's fast lap was 173.742.

Kasey Kahne was third, with points leader Brad Keselowski fourth and David Gilliland fifth. Gilliland is in D'Hondt-Humphrey Motorsports No. 91 Chevrolet and needs to make Friday's Royal Purple 200 via qualifying.

The rest of the top 10 were Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers, Denny Hamlin and James Buescher.

There were several incidents in the practice, especially in the first half-hour. Steve Wallace, Steve Arpin and Mike Wallace all crashed and were forced to backup cars. The three wrecked vehicles were sitting together in a corner of the Nationwide garage, carnage from Darlington's difficult 1.366-mile track.

Mike Bliss also slammed the wall late in the practice, but his Key Motorsports team was fixing the damage to the rear of the No. 40 Chevrolet. Several other cars also earned "Darlington Stripes," including Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne.

See the full practice sheet here.