Kurt Busch fastest in first cup practice

CAkHiU_U8AAHlHRFriday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway (ACS), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver, Kurt Busch – with a lap speed of 186.741 MPH – was the quickest during the first Auto Club 400 practice session.

Denny Hamlin, with a lap speed of 185.385 MPH, was second quickest, and he was followed by Martin Truex Jr. (185.180 MPH) who was third, Brad Keselowski (185.019) fourth and Jimmie Johnson (185.000) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the practice were Dale Earnhardt Jr. (184.871 MPH) who was sixth, Ryan Newman (184.767) seventh, David Ragan (184.379) eighth, Jeff Gordon (184.280) ninth and Danica Patrick (184.058) posting the top-10 quickest lap speed.

Qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race will be later this evening at 7:50 p.m. (ET), and FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of the session. The current series qualifying track record at ACS is 188.245 MPH, set by Kyle Busch on March 27th, 2005.

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

The 19th annual Auto Club 400 is scheduled to start around 3:50 p.m. (ET) with FOX providing television coverage of the event, which will begin with their pre-race show at 3:00 p.m. (ET.)

Auto Club 400 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 41 Kurt Busch 186.741 38.556 Leader 8
2 11 Denny Hamlin 185.385 38.838 -0.282 5
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 185.180 38.881 -0.325 9
4 2 Brad Keselowski 185.019 38.915 -0.359 13
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 185.000 38.919 -0.363 7
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 184.871 38.946 -0.390 17
7 31 Ryan Newman 184.767 38.968 -0.412 15
8 18 David Ragan 184.379 39.050 -0.494 15
9 24 Jeff Gordon 184.280 39.071 -0.515 22
10 10 Danica Patrick 184.058 39.118 -0.562 12
11 19 Carl Edwards 183.814 39.170 -0.614 9
12 4 Kevin Harvick 183.645 39.206 -0.650 6
13 3 Austin Dillon 183.538 39.229 -0.673 12
14 20 Matt Kenseth 183.486 39.240 -0.684 9
15 5 Kasey Kahne 183.369 39.265 -0.709 13
16 22 Joey Logano 183.253 39.290 -0.734 12
17 1 Jamie McMurray 183.211 39.299 -0.743 14
18 47 AJ Allmendinger 183.155 39.311 -0.755 10
19 42 Kyle Larson 183.006 39.343 -0.787 11
20 7 Alex Bowman 182.997 39.345 -0.789 3
21 43 Aric Almirola 182.871 39.372 -0.816 7
22 15 Clint Bowyer 182.857 39.375 -0.819 10
23 14 Tony Stewart 182.514 39.449 -0.893 11
24 33 Brian Scott (i) 182.436 39.466 -0.910 8
25 27 Paul Menard 182.380 39.478 -0.922 12
26 16 Greg Biffle 181.892 39.584 -1.028 6
27 55 Brett Moffitt 181.548 39.659 -1.103 14
28 51 Justin Allgaier 181.420 39.687 -1.131 12
29 34 Chris Buescher (i) 181.310 39.711 -1.155 8
30 13 Casey Mears 181.219 39.731 -1.175 12
31 46 Michael Annett 180.800 39.823 -1.267 14
32 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 180.777 39.828 -1.272 8
33 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 180.768 39.830 -1.274 7
34 35 Cole Whitt 180.628 39.861 -1.305 7
35 6 Trevor Bayne 179.847 40.034 -1.478 7
36 26 Jeb Burton # 179.641 40.080 -1.524 11
37 98 Josh Wise 179.574 40.095 -1.539 3
38 40 Landon Cassill (i) 179.439 40.125 -1.569 7
39 32 Mike Bliss(i) 178.753 40.279 -1.723 9
40 38 David Gilliland 178.713 40.288 -1.732 8
41 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 178.625 40.308 -1.752 7
42 29 Reed Sorenson* 178.540 40.327 -1.771 13
43 44 Travis Kvapil* (i) 177.940 40.463 -1.907 9
44 83 Matt Dibenedetto 175.174 41.102 -2.546 4
45 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 174.571 41.244 -2.688 6

# – Rookie
* – Required to qualify by speed
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

(No driver ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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