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Larson, Stewart Pace 5-Hour Energy 400 Practices

Larson, Stewart Pace 5-Hour Energy 400 Practices

by May 9, 2014 0 comments

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KANSAS City, Kan. — If we are to use practice speeds as an indicator of who is likely to win the 5-Hour Energy 400, it’d be a safe bet to say that a Chevrolet driver will be parked in victory lane tomorrow night.

Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing) was the quickest driver in Friday’s first practice session with a lap time of 28.560 seconds, nearly seven hundredths of a second quicker than second-quickest driver Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports). The first practice speedchart had a good mix of Chevrolets, Fords, and Toyotas within the top-10,¬†proving that all three manufacturers have brought some speed to Kansas.

Four former Kansas winners were in the top-10 of the first practice session. Greg Biffle (Roush-Fenway Racing) was sixth-quickest with Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing) right behind him with the seventh fastest time. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson possessed the ninth and tenth-fastest times, respectively.

The first practice session also provided some surprises in terms of speed. Dave Blaney (Randy Humphrey Racing) posted the fourth-quickest lap in his unsponsored Ford Fusion, J.J. Yeley (Xxxtreme Motorsports) would turn in the 14th-quickest lap in his Chevrolet SS.

After turning in a lap that made him the 31st-quickest car in the first practice session, Tony Stewart’s (Stewart-Haas Racing) No. 14 crew made some major adjustments to the car in the break between Friday’s two practice sessions to place him at the top of the scoring pylon in final practice. Stewart turned in a lap time of 28.007 seconds – a lap that was over half of a second quicker than Larson’s first practice chart-topper.

Half of the names that were in the top-10 in the first practice found themselves in the top-10 of the final practice as well. Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing), Johnson, Larson, Harvick, and Gordon proved to be consistent by placing themselves in the top-10 for both of Friday’s practice sessions.

The on-track action for today for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers is not over yet as the drivers will hit the track for qualifying at 5:40p.m CT. Qualifying will be aired at the same time today on Fox Sports 1.

Top-10 Speeds in First Practice for the 5-Hour Energy 400

  1. 42 – Kyle Larson# – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 28.560 seconds | Leader
  2. 43 – Aric Almirola – Ford – Richard Petty Motorsports – 28.629 seconds | -0.069
  3. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 28.643 seconds | -0.083
  4. 77 – Dave Blaney – Ford – Randy Humphrey Racing – 28.654 seconds | -0.094
  5. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 28.717 seconds | -0.157
  6. 16 – Greg Biffle – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 28.745 seconds | -0.185
  7. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 28.748 seconds | -0.188
  8. 22 – Joey Logano – Ford – Team Penske – 28.752 seconds | -0.192
  9. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 28.754 seconds | -0.194
  10. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 28.759 seconds | -0.199

Top-10 Speeds in Final Practice for the 5-Hour Energy 400

  1. 14 – Tony Stewart – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 28.007 seconds | Leader
  2. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 28.078 seconds | -0.071
  3. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 28.090 seconds | -0.083
  4. 42 – Kyle Larson# – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 28.099 seconds | -0.092
  5. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 28.109 seconds | -0.102
  6. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 28.147 seconds | -0.140
  7. 55 – Brian Vickers – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing – 28.170 seconds | -0.163
  8. 31 – Ryan Newman – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 28.245 seconds | -0.238
  9. 51 – Justin Allgaier# – Chevrolet – H Scott Motorsports – 28.249 seconds | -0.242
  10. 17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 28.256 seconds | -0.249

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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