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Martin Truex Jr. leads Cup practice

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 Media Day

MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 15: Martin Truex JR., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops / 5-hour ENERGY Toyota talks to the media during media dy for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Miami Beach EDITION on November 15, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest lap in Friday’s Cup practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Truex, who is going for back-to-back Cup titles, had a top lap of 173.997 mph.

“Nice drama-free day,” Truex told NBCSN. “We got through inspection and were first car on the track.”

Title contender Kyle Busch was next with a lap of 173.299 mph.

“We made some changes and got some response out of those changes ... that’s a positive,” Kyle Busch told NBCSN.

Truex and Busch were followed by Clint Bowyer (172.977 mph), Chase Elliott (172.900) and title contender Kevin Harvick (172.828).

Joey Logano was the only title contender not in the top five. His top lap of 172.194 mph put him 16th on the speed chart.

There were no incidents during the session.

Cup qualifying will begin at 6:10 p.m. ET on NBCSN.