Larson, Gordon, Keselowski pace Friday Sprint Cup practice

kyle-larson-getty-2015The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) begins three consecutive weekends of racing on the west coast starting off with Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS), and on Friday afternoon, Kyle Larson- with a lap speed of 191.646 MPH – was the quickest during the first Kobalt 400 practice session.

Jeff Gordon, with a lap speed of 191.225 MPH – was second quickest in the session, and he was followed by Brad Keselowski (191.035 MPH) who was third, David Ragan (190.975) fourth and Jamie McMurray (190.833)  was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the practice were Joey Logano (190.826 MPH) who was sixth, Carl Edwards (190.725) seventh, Ryan Newman (190.597) eighth, last week’s winner Jimmie Johnson (190.557) ninth and Kevin Harvick (190.550) posting the tenth quickest lap speed.

The teams will return to the track later this evening at 7:45 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1) for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race. Joey Logano currently holds the series qualifying track record at LVMS with a speed of 193.278 MPH, which he set last year – March 9, 2014.

On Saturday, the qualified teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a session from 11:30 am – 12:25 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 2:30 pm – 3:25 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1).

The 18th annual Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled to get underway around 3:50 pm (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the event.

Kobalt 400 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 42 Kyle Larson 191.646 28.177 Leader 18
2 24 Jeff Gordon 191.225 28.239 -0.062 11
3 2 Brad Keselowski 191.035 28.267 -0.090 11
4 18 David Ragan 190.975 28.276 -0.099 15
5 1 Jamie McMurray 190.833 28.297 -0.120 13
6 22 Joey Logano 190.826 28.298 -0.121 18
7 19 Carl Edwards* 190.725 28.313 -0.136 13
8 31 Ryan Newman 190.597 28.332 -0.155 11
9 48 Jimmie Johnson 190.557 28.338 -0.161 8
10 4 Kevin Harvick 190.550 28.339 -0.162 15
11 11 Denny Hamlin 190.543 28.340 -0.163 12
12 20 Matt Kenseth 190.295 28.377 -0.200 12
13 5 Kasey Kahne 190.161 28.397 -0.220 12
14 16 Greg Biffle 189.867 28.441 -0.264 15
15 10 Danica Patrick 189.833 28.446 -0.269 18
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 189.600 28.481 -0.304 14
17 14 Tony Stewart 189.401 28.511 -0.334 18
18 95 Michael McDowell 189.341 28.520 -0.343 18
19 13 Casey Mears 189.314 28.524 -0.347 16
20 15 Clint Bowyer 189.195 28.542 -0.365 16
21 3 Austin Dillon 188.805 28.601 -0.424 18
22 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 188.659 28.623 -0.446 11
23 33 Brian Scott (i) 188.357 28.669 -0.492 15
24 47 AJ Allmendinger 188.285 28.680 -0.503 17
25 78 Martin Truex Jr. 188.232 28.688 -0.511 8
26 51 Justin Allgaier 188.232 28.688 -0.511 10
27 41 Regan Smith (i) 188.225 28.689 -0.512 15
28 7 Alex Bowman 187.800 28.754 -0.577 8
29 27 Paul Menard 187.774 28.758 -0.581 17
30 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 187.389 28.817 -0.640 16
31 43 Aric Almirola 187.246 28.839 -0.662 12
32 46 Michael Annett* 187.162 28.852 -0.675 14
33 55 Brian Vickers 186.987 28.879 -0.702 23
34 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 186.587 28.941 -0.764 12
35 6 Trevor Bayne 186.574 28.943 -0.766 13
36 38 David Gilliland 186.458 28.961 -0.784 8
37 34 Brett Moffitt* 186.419 28.967 -0.790 11
38 98 Josh Wise 185.771 29.068 -0.891 12
39 35 Cole Whitt 185.172 29.162 -0.985 10
40 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 184.748 29.229 -1.052 8
41 29 Reed Sorenson* 183.592 29.413 -1.236 12
42 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 182.784 29.543 -1.366 8
43 32 Mike Bliss(i) 181.898 29.687 -1.510 12
44 26 Jeb Burton # 181.843 29.986 -1.809 20
45 44 Travis Kvapil* (i) 181.555 29.743 -1.566 8
46 66 Mike Wallace 180.228 29.962 -1.785 8
47 40 Landon Cassill (i) 178.944 30.177 -2.000 18
48 83 Matt Dibenedetto 178.489 30.254 -2.077 10

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

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind
1 13 Casey Mears 1 10 183.021 Leader
2 27 Paul Menard 1 10 182.767 -0.25
3 3 Austin Dillon 1 10 182.717 -0.30
4 55 Brian Vickers 1 10 181.937 -1.08
5 95 Michael McDowell 2 11 180.118 -2.90
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

 

 

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