Harvick fastest in rain-shortened Cup practice at Richmond

Kevin HarvickEarly Friday afternoon rain forced the first 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to be cut short (by around 20-minutes), and it was Kevin Harvick – with a lap speed of 129.069 MPH – who was the quickest in the shortened Toyota Owners 400 practice.

Joey Logano was second quickest in the session with a lap speed of 128.694 MPH, and he was followed by Jimmie Johnson (128.187) who was third, last week’s winner Carl Edwards (128.181) fourth and Denny Hamlin (128.156) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Brad Keselowski (128.011 MPH) who was sixth, Kurt Busch (127.799) seventh, Kasey Kahne (127.334) eighth, Kyle Busch (127.298) ninth and AJ Allmendinger (127.220) posting the 10th-quickest lap speed.

Weather permitting, the teams will return to the track at 4:15 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1 for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race, and it was Jeff Gordon – on Sept. 7, 2013 – that currently holds the series’ RIR qualifying track record speed of 130.599 MPH. If qualifying is rained out, then the starting lineup will be based upon this practice session’s speeds.

On Saturday, the teams will have two more practice sessions in the morning beginning with a 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1 session, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

The 62nd annual Toyota Owners 400 is scheduled to get underway around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon on FOX.

Toyota Owners 400 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 4 Kevin Harvick 129.069 20.919 Leader 9
2 22 Joey Logano 128.694 20.980 -0.061 35
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 128.187 21.063 -0.144 8
4 19 Carl Edwards 128.181 21.064 -0.145 7
5 11 Denny Hamlin 128.156 21.068 -0.149 9
6 2 Brad Keselowski 128.011 21.092 -0.173 26
7 41 Kurt Busch 127.799 21.127 -0.208 10
8 5 Kasey Kahne 127.334 21.204 -0.285 18
9 18 Kyle Busch 127.298 21.210 -0.291 14
10 47 AJ Allmendinger 127.220 21.223 -0.304 25
11 3 Austin Dillon 127.208 21.225 -0.306 11
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 125.517 21.511 -0.592 22
13 20 Matt Kenseth 125.307 21.547 -0.628 12
14 31 Ryan Newman 124.913 21.615 -0.696 11
15 42 Kyle Larson 124.861 21.624 -0.705 23
16 6 Trevor Bayne 124.775 21.639 -0.720 14
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 124.775 21.639 -0.720 22
18 14 Tony Stewart 124.700 21.652 -0.733 38
19 16 Greg Biffle 124.527 21.682 -0.763 15
20 44 Brian Scott # 124.516 21.684 -0.765 19
21 10 Danica Patrick 124.487 21.689 -0.770 15
22 78 Martin Truex Jr. 124.481 21.690 -0.771 13
23 24 Chase Elliott # 124.464 21.693 -0.774 37
24 43 Aric Almirola 124.064 21.763 -0.844 15
25 13 Casey Mears 123.734 21.821 -0.902 20
26 27 Paul Menard 123.598 21.845 -0.926 16
27 1 Jamie McMurray 123.553 21.853 -0.934 13
28 38 Landon Cassill 123.125 21.929 -1.010 8
29 21 Ryan Blaney* # 122.566 22.029 -1.110 15
30 23 David Ragan 122.266 22.083 -1.164 11
31 30 Josh Wise* 121.995 22.132 -1.213 13
32 95 Michael McDowell 121.990 22.133 -1.214 7
33 34 Chris Bueshcher # 121.891 22.151 -1.232 24
34 7 Regan Smith 121.469 22.223 -1.304 9
35 55 Reed Sorenson* 121.250 22.268 -1.349 10
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto 121.131 22.290 -1.371 8
37 93 Ryan Ellis* (i) 120.182 22.466 -1.547 21
38 98 Cole Whitt* 119.660 22.564 -1.645 14
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt # 119.458 22.602 -1.683 14
40 15 Clint Bowyer 117.842 22.912 -1.993 6
41 46 Michael Annett 0.000 0.000 20.919 0

# – 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 Gap
1 14 Tony Stewart 8 17 120.327 Leader Leader
2 13 Casey Mears 6 15 120.298 -0.029 -0.029
3 5 Kasey Kahne 9 18 120.021 -0.306 -0.277
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 13 22 119.499 -0.828 -0.522
5 24 Chase Elliott # 14 23 119.454 -0.873 -0.045
6 34 Chris Bueshcher # 1 10 118.822 -1.505 -0.632
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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