Kasey Kahne squeezes past Dale Earnhardt Jr. for fastest in Friday Sprint Cup practice at Bristol

57th Annual Daytona 500 - PracticeKasey Kahne, on Friday – with a lap speed of 128.168 MPH – was the quickest during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS).

Second quickest with a lap speed of 128.159 MPH was Kahne’s fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and they were followed by Brad Keselowski (127.971 MPH) who was third, Carl Edwards (127.554) fourth and David Ragan (127.546) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Justin Allgaier (127.503 MPH) who was sixth, while Joey Logano and Ryan Newman (with the identical lap speed of 127.495 MPH) were seventh and eighth quickest respectively, Jamie McMurray (127.410) ninth and Austin Dillon (127.385 – Note: Michael McDowell also had the identical lap speed) posting 10th.

Qualifying to determine Sunday’s starting lineup will be held later today at 4:45 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and the current series qualifying track record at Bristol is 131.362 MPH, which was set by Kevin Harvick last August (08/23/14).

On Saturday, the series will have two more practice sessions beginning with a early morning session (8:30 a.m – 9:25 a.m. ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their final (“Happy Hour”) practice later that morning/early afternoon (11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET – On FOX Sports 1).

The 55th annual Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer is scheduled to get underway around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the event.

Food City 500 In Support Of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 5 Kasey Kahne 128.168 14.971 Leader 38
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 128.159 14.972 -0.001 52
3 2 Brad Keselowski 127.971 14.994 -0.023 41
4 19 Carl Edwards 127.554 15.043 -0.072 36
5 18 David Ragan 127.546 15.044 -0.073 44
6 51 Justin Allgaier 127.503 15.049 -0.078 43
7 22 Joey Logano 127.495 15.050 -0.079 33
8 31 Ryan Newman 127.495 15.050 -0.079 45
9 1 Jamie McMurray 127.410 15.060 -0.089 33
10 3 Austin Dillon 127.385 15.063 -0.092 46
11 95 Michael McDowell 127.385 15.063 -0.092 27
12 4 Kevin Harvick 127.292 15.074 -0.103 29
13 24 Jeff Gordon 127.165 15.089 -0.118 33
14 42 Kyle Larson 127.031 15.105 -0.134 45
15 20 Matt Kenseth 126.980 15.111 -0.140 42
16 41 Kurt Busch 126.938 15.116 -0.145 29
17 16 Greg Biffle 126.829 15.129 -0.158 35
18 27 Paul Menard 126.745 15.139 -0.168 51
19 47 AJ Allmendinger 126.695 15.145 -0.174 38
20 40 Landon Cassill (i) 126.695 15.145 -0.174 43
21 78 Martin Truex Jr. 126.537 15.164 -0.193 36
22 11 Denny Hamlin 126.537 15.164 -0.193 30
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 126.528 15.165 -0.194 34
24 7 Alex Bowman 126.478 15.171 -0.200 21
25 15 Clint Bowyer 126.395 15.181 -0.210 27
26 55 Brett Moffitt # 126.303 15.192 -0.221 57
27 46 Michael Annett 126.278 15.195 -0.224 60
28 26 Jeb Burton # 126.270 15.196 -0.225 36
29 43 Aric Almirola 126.121 15.214 -0.243 38
30 98 Josh Wise 126.088 15.218 -0.247 19
31 83 Matt Dibenedetto 126.030 15.225 -0.254 14
32 38 David Gilliland 125.922 15.238 -0.267 38
33 48 Jimmie Johnson 125.889 15.242 -0.271 20
34 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 125.881 15.243 -0.272 41
35 14 Tony Stewart 125.650 15.271 -0.300 65
36 13 Casey Mears 125.559 15.282 -0.311 47
37 6 Trevor Bayne 125.412 15.300 -0.329 34
38 10 Danica Patrick 125.363 15.306 -0.335 53
39 34 Chris Buescher (i) 125.264 15.318 -0.347 41
40 32 Mike Bliss(i) 124.768 15.379 -0.408 22
41 35 Cole Whitt 124.703 15.387 -0.416 24
42 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 124.210 15.448 -0.477 24
43 30 Ron Hornaday* 123.698 15.512 -0.541 23
44 33 Alex Kennedy 123.650 15.518 -0.547 59
45 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) 122.835 15.621 -0.650 17

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

 

 

 

 

 

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