Corey LaJoie fastest in Martinsville Cup practice on Saturday


The three highest average speeds in Saturday's practice came in the first 20-minute session, with LaJoie leading the way at 94.585 mph.

In 12 career starts on the 0.526-mile short track, LaJoie never started better than 14th and never finished better than 18th (twice).

Bubba Wallace was second overall (94.382 mph) and Ryan Preece was third (94.265 mph).

Chase Elliott was fastest in the second session at 93.909 mph but finished eleventh overall.

Among drivers who completed at least 10 consecutive laps, Preece had the highest average lap speed at 93.781 mph. Bubba Wallace and William Byron placed second and third, respectively, in this category.

Group B

Elliott led the second 20-minute session with an average lap speed of 93.909 mph.

Ty Gibbs ended up second fastest (93.826 mph) and Kyle Larson finished third (93.737 mph).

Last weekend's winner Denny Hamlin finished fourth and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.

During one of his practice runs at the track, the roof hatch on Josh Berry's No. 4 Ford briefly opened.

Group A

LaJoie led the way in the first 20-minute session with an average lap speed of 94.585 mph.

Wallace was second (94.382 mph) and Preece was third (94.265 mph).

Alex Bowman and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.

Ross Chastain, who finished 14th in the session, believed he had a brake problem and returned to pit road several times so his team could check his No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet.