Kasey Kahne Tops Opening Practice At Bristol Motor Speedway

Kasey Kahne Tops Opening Practice At Bristol Motor Speedway

by April 17, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to the track on Friday for their first practice session of the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne topped the speed chart with a lap of 14.971 seconds at 128.168 mph. His teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second fastest, followed by Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Carl Edwards and David Ragan rounded out the top-five. Edwards is the defending race winner.

Brad Keselowski posted the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 123.670 mph. Kyle Larson was second with an average speed of 123.243 mph, and Justin Allgaier was third with an average speed of 123.107 mph.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying will begin at 4:45 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 later today. The Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes will air live on FOX and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

First Practice Top-10 Results:
1.) #5 Kasey Kahne | Great Clips | Chevrolet | 14.971 seconds | 128.168 mph
2.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. | Mountain Dew | Dewshine | Chevrolet | 14.972 seconds | 128.159 mph
3.) #2 Brad Keselowski | Miller Lite | Ford | 14.994 seconds | 127.971 mph
4.) #19 Carl Edwards | Comcast Business | Toyota | 15.043 seconds | 127.554 mph
5.) #18 David Ragan | Snickers Xtreme | Toyota | 15.044 seconds | 127.546 mph
6.) #51 Justin Allgaier | Auto-Owners Insurance | Chevrolet | 15.049 seconds | 127.503 mph
7.) #22 Joey Logano | Autotrader | Ford | 15.050 seconds | 127.495 mph
8.) #31 Ryan Newman | WIX | Chevrolet | 15.050 seconds | 127.495 mph
9.) #1 Jamie McMurray | McDonald’s | Chevrolet | 15.060 seconds | 127.410 mph
10.) #3 Austin Dillon | DOW | Chevrolet | 15.063 seconds | 127.385 mph

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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