Kevin Harvick showed the fastest way around Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) Saturday afternoon during the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, as he ran a lap speed of 191.054 MPH.
Unfortunately for Harvick, the Hendrick supplied engine in his No. 4 Chevrolet suffered failure, and now Harvick – originally starting on the outside pole in second – will have to start from the rear due to the engine change. Everyone that was to lineup behind Harvick, will now move forward prior to the drop of the green flag to begin the 325-lap race.
“Mainly the Hendrick engine guys just wanting to know what I felt. This is a very rare occasion. This is the first one I have ever had, ” responded Harvick when asked what happened. “The engine shop does a great job. I am just glad that it happened today. Our Jimmy John’s/Budweiser team is doing a great job and the car is handling good. If we were going to have something happen, this is a good place to have it happen because you can pass.”
When asked on how he felt starting from the back, Harvick’s take on it was: “It will just make for a better show.”
Second fastest in the practice was Kasey Kahne with a lap speed of 189.805 MPH, and he was followed by Austin Dillon (189.746 MPH) who was third, Denny Hamlin (189.571) fourth and Carl Edwards (189.493) was fifth.
Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice were AJ Allmendinger (189.221 MPH) who was sixrh, Jimmie Johnson (188.758) seventh, Clint Bowyer (188.719) eighth, Casey Mears (188.648) ninth and Jamie McMurray (188.507) posting the 10th fastest lap speed.
The 56th annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is schedulted to get underway around 1:20 pm (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX continues to provide television coverage.
|Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Final Practice Results|
|Pos.||Car #||Driver||Best Speed||Best Time||Behind||# Laps|
|14||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||187.913||29.503||-0.485||65|
|20||41||Regan Smith (i)||186.579||29.714||-0.696||53|
|21||78||Martin Truex Jr.||186.453||29.734||-0.716||40|
|22||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||186.253||29.766||-0.748||45|
|27||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||185.331||29.914||-0.896||38|
|33||40||Landon Cassill (i)||183.905||30.146||-1.128||33|
|35||62||Brendan Gaughan (i)||183.497||30.213||-1.195||20|
|38||26||Jeb Burton #||182.219||30.425||-1.407||27|
|39||23||J.J. Yeley (i)||181.681||30.515||-1.497||36|
# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series