Kyle Busch fastest in Friday Sprint Cup practice, Team Penske struggles to find speed

kyle-busch-chicagoland-2014Friday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway, it was Kyle Busch – with a lap speed of 191.442mph – posting the fastest lap during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) MyAFibStory.com 400 practice session.

Ryan Newman was second fastest with a lap speed of 191.042mph, and he was followed by Carl Edwards (191.022mph) who was third, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (191.002) fourth and Matt Kenseth (190.900) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten fastest drivers in the practice were Clint Bowyer (190.880mph) who was sixth, Jimmie Johnson (190.813) seventh, Jeff Gordon (190.752) eighth, Paul Menard (190.671) ninth and series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Kyle Larson (190.604) was tenth fastest.

Weather permitting, the teams will have their qualifying session – to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race – at 6:45 pm (ET) later this evening.

On Saturday, the qualified teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 11:00 am – 11:50 am (ET) and “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm (ET).

The 14th annual MyAFibStory.com 400 is set to get underway around 2:20 pm (ET) Sunday afternoon and ESPN will provide television coverage beginning with their NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at 1:00 pm (ET).

MyAFibStory.com 400 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 18 Kyle Busch 191.442 28.207 Leader 21
2 31 Ryan Newman 191.042 28.266 -0.059 14
3 99 Carl Edwards 191.022 28.269 -0.062 9
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 191.002 28.272 -0.065 11
5 20 Matt Kenseth 190.900 28.287 -0.080 27
6 15 Clint Bowyer 190.880 28.290 -0.083 7
7 48 Jimmie Johnson 190.813 28.300 -0.093 11
8 24 Jeff Gordon 190.752 28.309 -0.102 21
9 27 Paul Menard 190.671 28.321 -0.114 18
10 42 Kyle Larson # 190.604 28.331 -0.124 26
11 1 Jamie McMurray 190.604 28.331 -0.124 30
12 4 Kevin Harvick 190.584 28.334 -0.127 11
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 190.570 28.336 -0.129 30
14 41 Kurt Busch 190.456 28.353 -0.146 25
15 55 Brian Vickers 190.328 28.372 -0.165 9
16 3 Austin Dillon # 190.328 28.372 -0.165 21
17 47 AJ Allmendinger 190.087 28.408 -0.201 14
18 10 Danica Patrick 189.907 28.435 -0.228 17
19 5 Kasey Kahne 189.747 28.459 -0.252 22
20 16 Greg Biffle 189.640 28.475 -0.268 21
21 9 Marcos Ambrose 189.480 28.499 -0.292 15
22 14 Tony Stewart 189.440 28.505 -0.298 26
23 43 Aric Almirola 189.354 28.518 -0.311 15
24 11 Denny Hamlin 189.274 28.530 -0.323 28
25 2 Brad Keselowski 189.155 28.548 -0.341 27
26 51 Justin Allgaier # 188.943 28.580 -0.373 22
27 78 Martin Truex Jr. 188.904 28.586 -0.379 22
28 22 Joey Logano 188.818 28.599 -0.392 26
29 13 Casey Mears 188.422 28.659 -0.452 26
30 38 David Gilliland 187.643 28.778 -0.571 15
31 83 Ryan Truex # 186.451 28.962 -0.755 9
32 95 Michael McDowell 186.200 29.001 -0.794 14
33 26 Cole Whitt # 185.925 29.044 -0.837 16
34 98 Josh Wise 185.746 29.072 -0.865 13
35 36 Reed Sorenson 185.223 29.154 -0.947 7
36 7 Michael Annett # 185.223 29.154 -0.947 9
37 23 Alex Bowman # 185.058 29.180 -0.973 12
38 40 Landon Cassill (i) 184.982 29.192 -0.985 19
39 34 David Ragan 184.932 29.200 -0.993 13
40 37 Mike Bliss(i) 184.773 29.225 -1.018 5
41 66 Joe Nemechek(i) 182.205 29.637 -1.430 3
42 33 Travis Kvapil 181.659 29.726 -1.519 18
43 32 Joey Gase(i) 176.956 30.516 -2.309 50

Gold = Driver in the Chase
# Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) = driver not running for 2014 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

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