Aric Almirola tops second Las Vegas test session

Aric+Almirola+Daytona+International+Speedway+TC7EQ7iHkoZlAric Almirola, with a lap speed of 192.940 MPH, was the fastest early Thursday evening during the final 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Kobalt 400 test/practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS).

Second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 192.658 MPH was Austin Dillon, and he was followed by series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Ryan Blaney (191.659 MPH) who was third, Kurt Busch (191.381) fourth and Greg Biffle (189.800) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the session were Carl Edwards (189.793 MPH) who was sixth, Matt Kenseth (189.773) seventh, Kasey Kahne (189.600) eighth, Martin Truex Jr. (189.580) ninth and Denny Hamlin (189.387) posting 10th.

The teams will return on Friday for their first regular practice from 1:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. (ET), and television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

Qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s event will be on Friday at 7:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and it was last year that Jeff Gordon – with a qualifying lap speed of 194.679 MPH – set the new series LVMS qualifying track record.

On Saturday, the teams will have two more practice sessions beginning with a session from 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

The 14th annual Kobalt 400 is scheduled to get underway around 3:50 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the event.

Las Vegas Final Test Session Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 43 Aric Almirola 192.940 27.988 Leader 30
2 3 Austin Dillon 192.658 28.029 -0.041 41
3 21 Ryan Blaney # 191.659 28.175 -0.187 45
4 41 Kurt Busch 191.381 28.216 -0.228 56
5 16 Greg Biffle 189.800 28.451 -0.463 43
6 19 Carl Edwards 189.793 28.452 -0.464 49
7 20 Matt Kenseth 189.773 28.455 -0.467 75
8 5 Kasey Kahne 189.600 28.481 -0.493 77
9 78 Martin Truex Jr. 189.580 28.484 -0.496 56
10 11 Denny Hamlin 189.387 28.513 -0.525 41
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 189.361 28.517 -0.529 75
12 48 Jimmie Johnson 189.129 28.552 -0.564 86
13 2 Brad Keselowski 189.082 28.559 -0.571 61
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 189.029 28.567 -0.579 95
15 6 Trevor Bayne 188.871 28.591 -0.603 52
16 18 Kyle Busch 188.778 28.605 -0.617 74
17 47 AJ Allmendinger 188.442 28.656 -0.668 43
18 27 Paul Menard 188.416 28.660 -0.672 74
19 4 Kevin Harvick 188.271 28.682 -0.694 72
20 14 Brian Vickers 188.193 28.694 -0.706 117
21 34 Chris Bueshcher # 187.806 28.753 -0.765 60
22 24 Chase Elliott # 187.793 28.755 -0.767 61
23 42 Kyle Larson 187.787 28.756 -0.768 97
24 22 Joey Logano 187.689 28.771 -0.783 81
25 10 Danica Patrick 187.507 28.799 -0.811 41
26 31 Ryan Newman 187.013 28.875 -0.887 50
27 44 Brian Scott # 186.780 28.911 -0.923 47
28 13 Casey Mears 186.612 28.937 -0.949 52
29 1 Jamie McMurray 186.002 29.032 -1.044 68
30 95 Michael McDowell 185.516 29.108 -1.120 38
31 38 Landon Cassill 185.344 29.135 -1.147 39
32 15 Clint Bowyer 184.887 29.207 -1.219 33
33 7 Regan Smith 184.433 29.279 -1.291 41
34 46 Michael Annett 183.599 29.412 -1.424 36
35 83 Matt Dibenedetto 183.076 29.496 -1.508 39
36 98 Cole Whitt 182.760 29.547 -1.559 28
37 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 182.463 29.595 -1.607 36
38 23 David Ragan 180.892 29.852 -1.864 38
39 30 Josh Wise 0.000 0.000 -27.988 0

# – Rookie

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind Gap
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 10 187.325 Leader Leader
2 20 Matt Kenseth 48 57 187.199 -0.126 -0.126
3 41 Kurt Busch 1 10 186.995 -0.330 -0.204
4 3 Austin Dillon 17 26 186.734 -0.591 -0.261
5 2 Brad Keselowski 39 48 186.708 -0.617 -0.026
6 4 Kevin Harvick 1 10 186.698 -0.627 -0.010
7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 1 10 186.505 -0.820 -0.193
8 14 Brian Vickers 1 10 186.497 -0.828 -0.008
9 27 Paul Menard 1 10 186.461 -0.864 -0.036
10 18 Kyle Busch 33 42 186.398 -0.927 -0.063
11 19 Carl Edwards 36 45 186.393 -0.932 -0.005
12 21 Ryan Blaney # 1 10 186.252 -1.073 -0.141
13 24 Chase Elliott # 39 48 186.117 -1.208 -0.135
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 32 41 185.850 -1.475 -0.267
15 16 Greg Biffle 31 40 185.703 -1.622 -0.147
16 5 Kasey Kahne 53 62 185.664 -1.661 -0.039
17 22 Joey Logano 13 22 185.520 -1.805 -0.144
18 78 Martin Truex Jr. 35 44 185.422 -1.903 -0.098
19 42 Kyle Larson 55 64 185.415 -1.910 -0.007
20 31 Ryan Newman 35 44 185.199 -2.126 -0.216
21 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 184.811 -2.514 -0.388
22 10 Danica Patrick 17 26 184.834 -2.491 0.023
23 6 Trevor Bayne 37 46 184.529 -2.796 -0.305
24 44 Brian Scott # 27 36 183.558 -3.767 -0.971
25 13 Casey Mears 25 34 182.648 -4.677 -0.910
26 95 Michael McDowell 29 38 182.002 -5.323 -0.646
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

 

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