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Carl Edwards fastest in Saturday morning Sprint Cup practice at Charlotte

May 24, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

(Photo: AP/Mike McCarn) AP

Carl Edwards was the fastest in Saturday’s next-to-last practice session for Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600.

Edwards’ fast lap of 192.802 mph topped the speed charts, followed by AJ Allmendinger (192.383 mph).

The next three fastest drivers were Martin Truex Jr. (192.280), pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson (192.260) and outside pole-sitter Brad Keselowski (192.109).

Jeff Gordon ran an abbreviated session due to back spasms, covering just 11 laps but recording the sixth-fastest lap at 191.659 mph.

Seventh- through 10th-fastest were Kyle Busch (191.618), Ryan Newman (191.455), Marcos Ambrose (191.435) and Denny Hamlin (191.238).

Other performances of note:

* Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 15th-fastest at 190.712 mph.

* Kurt Busch, who is the first driver to attempt the Double – racing in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 and the evening’s Coca-Cola 600 – was 26th-fastest at 189.394 mph.

* The slowest driver was Blake Koch at 181.366 mph.

The final Happy Hour practice takes place at 1 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon.

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