Kyle Larson fastest in 1st Sprint Cup practice at Bristol

Irwin Tools Night Race - PracticeIt was rookie contender, Kyle Larson, getting things started for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) at Bristol Motor Speedway early Friday afternoon, as Larson posted the fastest lap speed of 131.083mph, during the first IRWIN Tools Night Race practice session.

Denny Hamlin, with a lap speed of 130.557mph, was second fastest in the session and was followed by Kevin Harvick (130.504mph) who was third, Brian Vickers (130.495) fourth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (130.132) was fifth.

With the identical lap speed (130.132mph) as Earnhardt, Aric Almirola was recorded sixth fastest, while Kyle Busch (129.877) was seventh, Kurt Busch (129.754) eighth, Carl Edwards (129.282) ninth and Jamie McMurray (128.856) rounding out the top-ten fastest drivers in the session.

The teams will return to the track this afternoon for their “Happy Hour” (final) practice session from 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. (ET) before they qualify at 5:40 p.m. (ET) this evening to determine the starting lineup for Saturday night’s race.

The 54th annual IRWIN Tools Night Race is scheduled to get underway around 7:50 p.m. (ET) Saturday evening, and ESPN on ABC will provide television coverage beginning with their 7:00 p.m. (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

Irwin Tools Night Race First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 42 Kyle Larson # 131.083 14.638 Leader 72
2 11 Denny Hamlin 130.557 14.697 -0.059 54
3 4 Kevin Harvick 130.504 14.703 -0.065 62
4 55 Brian Vickers 130.495 14.704 -0.066 68
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 130.132 14.745 -0.107 99
6 43 Aric Almirola 130.132 14.745 -0.107 65
7 18 Kyle Busch 129.877 14.774 -0.136 86
8 41 Kurt Busch 129.754 14.788 -0.150 70
9 99 Carl Edwards 129.282 14.842 -0.204 52
10 1 Jamie McMurray 128.856 14.891 -0.253 89
11 31 Ryan Newman 128.709 14.908 -0.270 48
12 47 AJ Allmendinger 128.709 14.908 -0.270 59
13 14 Jeff Burton 128.692 14.910 -0.272 67
14 34 David Ragan 128.658 14.914 -0.276 102
15 20 Matt Kenseth 128.658 14.914 -0.276 92
16 9 Marcos Ambrose 128.442 14.939 -0.301 83
17 24 Jeff Gordon 128.434 14.940 -0.302 110
18 16 Greg Biffle 128.425 14.941 -0.303 58
19 48 Jimmie Johnson 128.382 14.946 -0.308 96
20 27 Paul Menard 128.339 14.951 -0.313 80
21 38 David Gilliland 128.142 14.974 -0.336 51
22 13 Casey Mears 127.971 14.994 -0.356 55
23 22 Joey Logano 127.886 15.004 -0.366 114
24 2 Brad Keselowski 127.818 15.012 -0.374 89
25 15 Clint Bowyer 127.648 15.032 -0.394 64
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 127.614 15.036 -0.398 82
27 5 Kasey Kahne 127.360 15.066 -0.428 119
28 78 Martin Truex Jr. 127.233 15.081 -0.443 81
29 51 Justin Allgaier # 127.165 15.089 -0.451 70
30 37 Dave Blaney 126.779 15.135 -0.497 14
31 3 Austin Dillon # 126.637 15.152 -0.514 81
32 7 Michael Annett # 126.096 15.217 -0.579 85
33 10 Danica Patrick 125.650 15.271 -0.633 81
34 98 Josh Wise 125.584 15.279 -0.641 51
35 23 Alex Bowman # 125.518 15.287 -0.649 95
36 40 Landon Cassill (i) 125.297 15.314 -0.676 49
37 26 Cole Whitt # 125.240 15.321 -0.683 41
38 66 Brett Moffitt 124.873 15.366 -0.728 56
39 36 Reed Sorenson 124.841 15.370 -0.732 41
40 83 Ryan Truex # 124.541 15.407 -0.769 36
41 95 Michael McDowell 124.517 15.410 -0.772 79
42 32 J.J. Yeley (i) 124.371 15.428 -0.790 103
43 33 David Stremme 122.764 15.630 -0.992 17

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

 

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