Kevin Harvick tops final practice before engine failure

Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 - PracticeKevin 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
1 4 Kevin Harvick 191.054 29.018 Leader 35
2 5 Kasey Kahne 189.805 29.209 -0.191 42
3 3 Austin Dillon 189.746 29.218 -0.200 64
4 11 Denny Hamlin 189.571 29.245 -0.227 53
5 19 Carl Edwards 189.493 29.257 -0.239 48
6 47 AJ Allmendinger 189.221 29.299 -0.281 34
7 48 Jimmie Johnson 188.758 29.371 -0.353 52
8 15 Clint Bowyer 188.719 29.377 -0.359 55
9 13 Casey Mears 188.648 29.388 -0.370 42
10 1 Jamie McMurray 188.507 29.410 -0.392 41
11 42 Kyle Larson 188.494 29.412 -0.394 50
12 22 Joey Logano 188.258 29.449 -0.431 58
13 24 Jeff Gordon 187.913 29.503 -0.485 57
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 187.913 29.503 -0.485 65
15 27 Paul Menard 187.799 29.521 -0.503 41
16 20 Matt Kenseth 187.519 29.565 -0.547 49
17 31 Ryan Newman 187.253 29.607 -0.589 44
18 18 David Ragan 187.108 29.630 -0.612 56
19 16 Greg Biffle 186.818 29.676 -0.658 49
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
23 95 Michael McDowell 186.015 29.804 -0.786 26
24 55 Brett Moffitt 185.704 29.854 -0.836 44
25 6 Trevor Bayne 185.586 29.873 -0.855 31
26 2 Brad Keselowski 185.375 29.907 -0.889 63
27 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 185.331 29.914 -0.896 38
28 43 Aric Almirola 185.276 29.923 -0.905 40
29 7 Alex Bowman 185.139 29.945 -0.927 32
30 10 Danica Patrick 184.652 30.024 -1.006 37
31 14 Tony Stewart 184.327 30.077 -1.059 57
32 51 Justin Allgaier 184.119 30.111 -1.093 31
33 40 Landon Cassill (i) 183.905 30.146 -1.128 33
34 38 David Gilliland 183.534 30.207 -1.189 26
35 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 183.497 30.213 -1.195 20
36 35 Cole Whitt 182.603 30.361 -1.343 20
37 32 Mike Bliss(i) 182.290 30.413 -1.395 23
38 26 Jeb Burton # 182.219 30.425 -1.407 27
39 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 181.681 30.515 -1.497 36
40 98 Josh Wise 181.384 30.565 -1.547 26
41 33 Michael Annett 180.486 30.717 -1.699 24
42 34 Joe Nemechek(i) 179.545 30.878 -1.860 26
43 30 Ron Hornaday 177.978 31.150 -2.132 19

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

 

 

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