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Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones Pace SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Practice

Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones Pace SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Practice

by May 8, 2015 0 comments

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point leader, Kevin Harvick led the way during the first practice session at Kansas Speedway on Friday afternoon, but it was rookie, Erik Jones who topped the speed chart in final practice.

First Practice

Harvick’s fastest lap in first practice was 28.306 seconds at 190.772 mph. Joey Logano was second, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Carl Edwards. Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Tony Stewart was fourth fastest, and last weekend’s Talladega winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-five.

Erik Jones who’s competing in his first full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend clocked the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 185.065 mph. Earnhardt Jr. was second with an average speed of 184.678 mph, and Matt Kenseth was third with an average speed of 184.369 mph.

First Practice Top-10 Results:

1.) #4 Kevin Harvick | Jimmy John’s/Budweiser | Chevrolet | 28.306 seconds | 190.772 mph

2.) #22 Joey Logano | AAA Insurance | Ford | 28.365 seconds | 190.375 mph

3.) #19 Carl Edwards | Stanley | Toyota | 28.381 seconds | 190.268 mph

4.) #14 Tony Stewart | Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 | Chevrolet | 28.543 seconds | 189.188 mph

5.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. | Nationwide | Chevrolet | 28.779 seconds | 187.637 mph

6.) #42 Kyle Larson | Target | Chevrolet | 28.871 seconds | 187.039 mph

7.) #2 Brad Keselowski | Avaya | Ford | 28.890 seconds | 186.916 mph

8.) #20 Matt Kenseth | Dollar General | Toyota | 28.902 seconds | 186.838 mph

9.) #18 Erik Jones | M&M’s | Red Nose Day | Toyota | 28.907 seconds | 186.806 mph

10.) #78 Martin Truex Jr. | Furniture Row/Visser Precision | Chevrolet | 28.929 seconds | 186.664 mph

Final Practice

After finishing out the first practice session in ninth, Erik Jones shocked the garage by clocking the fastest lap in final practice on Friday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. His chart topping lap was 28.227 seconds at 191.306 mph.

Jeff Gordon was second fastest, and Joey Logano was third. Martin Truex Jr. who currently sits second in the championship point standings clocked the fourth fastest lap. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished out the session in fifth.

Kevin Harvick had the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 185.058 mph. Carl Edwards was second with an average speed of 184.161 mph, and Kasey Kahne was third with an average speed of 183.488 mph.

Final Practice Top-10 Results:

1.) #18 Erik Jones | M&M’s Red Nose Day | Toyota | 28.227 seconds | 191.306 mph

2.) #24 Jeff Gordon | American Red Cross | Chevrolet | 28.245 seconds | 191.184 mph

3.) #22 Joey Logano | AAA Insurance | Ford | 28.312 seconds | 190.732 mph

4.) #78 Martin Truex Jr. | Furniture Row/Visser Precision | Chevrolet | 28.348 seconds | 190.490 mph

5.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. | Nationwide | Chevrolet | 28.362 seconds | 190.396 mph

6.) #1 Jamie McMurray | McDonald’s | Chevrolet | 28.400 seconds | 190.141 mph

7.) #48 Jimmie Johnson | Lowe’s | Chevrolet | 28.402 seconds | 190.127 mph

8.) #15 Clint Bowyer | 5-Hour Energy | Toyota | 28.436 seconds | 189.900 mph

9.) #2 Brad Keselowski | Avaya | Ford | 28.443 seconds | 189.853 mph

10.) #43 Aric Almirola | Farmland | Ford | 28.443 seconds | 189.853 mph

Coors Light Pole Qualifying will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 6:45 p.m. ET later today. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

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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