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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Ryan Newman is off to a fast start at Martinsville Speedway as he was the quickest among 47 drivers in the first practice session for Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts 500. Newman, who posted his fast lap of 97.503 mph on lap 21 of 35, will go after his third Martinsville pole later today. He is scheduled to go out 40th in qualifying.

Jeremy Mayfield was able to improve his time of 19.467 seconds (95.272 mph) on lap 44, his final lap of the session, to notch the second fastest time.

2002 Martinsville fall winner Kurt Busch was third with a lap of 97.018 mph. This weekend Busch will be behind the wheel of the purple and gold Crown Royal car for the first time since the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

Travis Kvapil and five-time Martinsville pole winner Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-five.

The cars of Gordon and Kevin Harvick got together in the garage area after Harvick backed out of his garage stall and didn't see the No. 24 of Gordon.

"It wasn't his fault," said Gordon. "His spotter never told him I was there. It did do some damage but it's fine. Luckily we're at a short track." 1st Practice Speeds

Dennis Setzer paced the first practice session for Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 250 with a fast lap of 96.010 mph.

Johnny Benson was second quick in the No. 23 Toyota at 95.636 mph. Kevin Harvick, Chad Chaffin and Jack Sprague rounded out the top-five.

Darrell Waltrip, who is making his "last ride" in the No. 11 Toyota, was 21st-fastest at 94.444 mph. 1st Practice Speeds

Setzer will roll out fifth of 44 trucks in qualifying that is slated to start at the conclusion of the Cup session.

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