Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson Lead First Bristol Motor Speedway Practice

Carl Edwards continued his early-season momentum in the first Sprint Cup practice at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, showing he has a fast car yet again by topping the charts with a 128.675 mph average lap.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver, who won the most recent race at Las Vegas, bested Jimmie Johnson (128.022 mph) and teammate Greg Biffle, with Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard rounding out the top five.

Roush drivers were also sixth (David Ragan) and eighth (Matt Kenseth), with Kyle Busch in seventh and Tony Stewart and David Reutimann completing the top 10.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 16th, and Bristol ace Kurt Busch was 17th. Other notable drivers included Jeff Gordon (21st) and Denny Hamlin (23rd). Kevin Harvick was 15th.

Only two drivers (Marcos Ambrose and Andy Lally) did 10 consecutive laps or more, meaning it was difficult to get a sense for which cars are good on longer runs.

There are two Cup practices scheduled for Saturday, but the only remaining action for NASCAR's top series today is qualifying (3:40 p.m. Eastern time).

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