Matt Kenseth fastest in Friday’s Sprint Cup practice at Indy

kensethMatt Kenseth, with a lap speed of 186.285mph, was the quickest Friday afternoon during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Posting the second quickest lap speed of 186.070mph, was Clint Bowyer; followed by Brad Keselowski (185.939mph) who was third, Jimmie Johnson (185.647) fourth and series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Kyle Larson (185.445) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Kurt Busch (185.117mph) who was sixth, Kyle Busch (185.113 seventh, Joey Logano (184.858) eighth, Marcos Ambrose (184.740) ninth and Kevin Harvick (184.721) posting the tenth quickest lap speed.

The teams will return to the track on Saturday morning for their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 9:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. (ET) before returning at 2:10 p.m. (ET) that afternoon for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race. (Note: The current qualifying track record of 187.531mph, was set last year by Ryan Newman).

The 21st annual Crown Royal presents, the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard, is scheduled for an approximate starting time of 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and ESPN will begin their television coverage at 12:00 p.m. (ET).

John Wayne Walding 400 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 20 Matt Kenseth 186.285 48.313 Leader 24
2 15 Clint Bowyer 186.070 48.369 -0.056 21
3 2 Brad Keselowski 185.939 48.403 -0.090 21
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 185.647 48.479 -0.166 29
5 42 Kyle Larson # 185.445 48.532 -0.219 17
6 41 Kurt Busch 185.117 48.618 -0.305 15
7 18 Kyle Busch 185.113 48.619 -0.306 27
8 22 Joey Logano 184.858 48.686 -0.373 23
9 9 Marcos Ambrose 184.740 48.717 -0.404 18
10 4 Kevin Harvick 184.721 48.722 -0.409 10
11 14 Tony Stewart 183.793 48.968 -0.655 15
12 31 Ryan Newman 183.587 49.023 -0.710 16
13 55 Brian Vickers 183.307 49.098 -0.785 17
14 24 Jeff Gordon 182.408 49.340 -1.027 22
15 5 Kasey Kahne 182.290 49.372 -1.059 34
16 10 Danica Patrick 182.216 49.392 -1.079 18
17 43 Aric Almirola 181.973 49.458 -1.145 10
18 3 Austin Dillon # 181.962 49.461 -1.148 13
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 181.910 49.475 -1.162 12
20 99 Carl Edwards 191.496 49.588 -1.275 15
21 21 Trevor Bayne* (i) 181.477 49.593 -1.280 11
22 83 Ryan Truex # 181.283 49.646 -1.333 15
23 7 Michael Annett # 181.061 49.707 -1.394 18
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 180.937 49.741 -1.428 34
25 27 Paul Menard 180.897 49.752 -1.439 17
26 78 Martin Truex Jr. 180.636 49.824 -1.511 12
27 11 Denny Hamlin 180.166 49.954 -1.641 20
28 12 Juan Pablo Montoya* 180.144 49.960 -1.647 20
29 66 Brett Moffitt 180.040 49.989 -1.676 8
30 34 David Ragan 179.971 50.008 -1.695 17
31 16 Greg Biffle 179.842 50.044 -1.731 15
32 1 Jamie McMurray 179.194 50.225 -1.912 15
33 95 Michael McDowell 179.019 50.274 -1.961 15
34 13 Casey Mears 178.923 50.301 -1.988 13
35 51 Justin Allgaier # 178.593 50.394 -2.081 19
36 47 AJ Allmendinger 178.398 50.449 -2.136 18
37 32 Travis Kvapil 177.725 50.640 -2.327 12
38 33 David Stremme 177.438 50.722 -2.409 4
39 36 Reed Sorenson 177.284 50.766 -2.453 11
40 40 Landon Cassill (i) 177.050 50.833 -2.520 10
41 37 Bobby Labonte 176.025 51.129 -2.816 8
42 98 Josh Wise 175.771 51.203 -2.890 5
43 23 Alex Bowman # 175.524 51.275 -2.962 13
44 38 David Gilliland 175.022 51.422 -3.109 13
45 26 Cole Whitt # 174.132 51.685 -3.372 12
46 29 Matt Crafton* (i) 173.444 51.890 -3.577 11

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series, # – Rookie, * Required to Qualify on Time

 

 

 

 

 

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