Keselowski, Earnhardt, Harvick fastest in first of two Sprint Cup practices at Richmond

Sylvania 300 - PracticeBrad Keselowski, with a lap speed of 126.086 MPH, was the fastest during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session early Friday afternoon for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 125.593 MPH, and he was followed by Kevin Harvick (125.517 MPH) who was third, Jimmie Johnson (125.203) fourth and Clint Bowyer (125.174) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the practice were Martin Truex Jr. (125.127 MPH) who was sixth, Kyle Larson (125.000) seventh, AJ Allmendinger (124.873) eighth, Joey Logano (124.827) ninth and Denny Hamlin (124.804) posting the 10th fastest lap speed.

“Happy Hour” (final) practice for the teams will be held from 1:00 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1) this afternoon, and then the teams will return to the track for qualifying to determine the starting lineup at 5:45 p,m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1). Jeff Gordon currently holds the series qualifying track record at RIR with a speed of 130.599 MPH, which he set on September 9th, 2013.

Weather permitting (70% chance of rain), the 61st annual Toyota Owners 400 is scheduled to get started approximately at 7:20 p.m. (ET) Saturday night, and FOX will provide television coverage of the race.

Toyota Owners 400 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 2 Brad Keselowski 126.086 21.414 Leader 70
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 125.593 21.498 -0.084 50
3 4 Kevin Harvick 125.517 21.511 -0.097 65
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 125.203 21.565 -0.151 94
5 15 Clint Bowyer 125.174 21.570 -0.156 63
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. 125.127 21.578 -0.164 36
7 42 Kyle Larson 125.000 21.600 -0.186 66
8 47 AJ Allmendinger 124.873 21.622 -0.208 39
9 22 Joey Logano 124.827 21.630 -0.216 75
10 11 Denny Hamlin 124.804 21.634 -0.220 52
11 6 Trevor Bayne 124.786 21.637 -0.223 45
12 19 Carl Edwards 124.769 21.640 -0.226 50
13 43 Aric Almirola 124.625 21.665 -0.251 41
14 18 David Ragan 124.619 21.666 -0.252 57
15 41 Kurt Busch 124.453 21.695 -0.281 71
16 16 Greg Biffle 124.315 21.719 -0.305 43
17 13 Casey Mears 124.309 21.720 -0.306 45
18 20 Matt Kenseth 124.275 21.726 -0.312 56
19 40 Landon Cassill (i) 124.252 21.730 -0.316 64
20 27 Paul Menard 124.206 21.738 -0.324 49
21 25 Chase Elliott* (i) 124.189 21.741 -0.327 70
22 3 Austin Dillon 124.138 21.750 -0.336 36
23 1 Jamie McMurray 124.098 21.757 -0.343 43
24 55 Brett Moffitt # 124.081 21.760 -0.346 45
25 24 Jeff Gordon 123.950 21.783 -0.369 52
26 31 Ryan Newman 123.802 21.809 -0.395 39
27 5 Kasey Kahne 123.796 21.810 -0.396 46
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 123.570 21.850 -0.436 68
29 14 Tony Stewart 123.451 21.871 -0.457 36
30 98 Josh Wise 123.423 21.876 -0.462 56
31 51 Justin Allgaier 123.170 21.921 -0.507 52
32 38 David Gilliland 123.141 21.926 -0.512 73
33 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 123.074 21.938 -0.524 39
34 7 Alex Bowman 123.052 21.942 -0.528 42
35 34 Reed Sorenson 122.194 22.096 -0.682 53
36 30 Jeff Green (i) 122.194 22.096 -0.682 38
37 83 Matt Dibenedetto 122.155 22.103 -0.689 47
38 35 Cole Whitt 121.742 22.178 -0.764 40
39 46 Michael Annett 121.572 22.209 -0.795 33
40 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) 121.518 22.219 -0.805 45
41 10 Danica Patrick 121.501 22.222 -0.808 51
42 32 Joey Gase(i) 121.365 22.247 -0.833 34
43 26 Jeb Burton # 121.033 22.308 -0.894 50
44 33 Alex Kennedy 120.968 22.320 -0.906 59
45 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 120.643 22.380 -0.966 55

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

 

 

 

 

 

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