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Phoenix Happy Hour to Paul Menard

Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:11 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 8:27 pm
By Pete Pistone


AVONDALE, Ariz. - Paul Menard led a blistering final Sprint Cup Series practice at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday.

Menard's lap of 141.121 mph was one of 35 times to beat the old track qualifying record at the newly repaved and reconfigured PIR.

Carl Edwards rebounded from his first practice woes to turn the second quickest lap of the session with Regan Smith, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch - who will start the race on Sunday at the rear of the field after an engine change Friday morning - rounding out the fast five.

Qualifying to set the field for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 is slated for Saturday morning.

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