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Kevin Harvick Paces Friday Quicken Loans 400 Practice

Kevin Harvick Paces Friday Quicken Loans 400 Practice

by June 12, 2015 0 comments

BROOKLYN, Mich. —¬†Championship points leader Kevin Harvick showcased some freaky fast pace during practice for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, laying down a blisteringly quick lap of 35.557 seconds during the 85-minute session.

Harvick was the only driver to eclipse the 202 miles-per-hour mark in practice while the remaining drivers in the top-nine also broke the 200 miles-per-hour barrier.

Rounding out the top-10 in the session’s standings were Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Blaney.

Qualifying pace was put to the test during this morning’s session as rain in the area could possibly cancel qualifying. If qualifying is to be cancelled, Harvick will start in the first position for Sunday’s 200-lap race.

As Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet paced the field, teammate Kurt Busch’s No. 41 SHR Chevrolet found trouble late in practice as his car found the outside wall in Turn 2, inflicting a significant amount of damage on the right side of his car.

Busch’s Haas Automation crew immediately rolled out a backup car.

David Ragan completed the most laps of the session with 15 circuits turned around the two-mile superspeedway while Mike Bliss and Brendan Gaughan both completed the fewest with a total of two laps turned in.

Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 is scheduled to take place at 4:15 p.m ET.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Quicken Loans 400

  1. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 35.557 | Leader
  2. 22 – Joey Logano – Ford – Team Penske – 35.713 | -0.156
  3. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing – 35.793 | -0.236
  4. 11 – Denny Hamlin – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 35.835 | -0.278
  5. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 35.860 | -0.303
  6. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 35.894 | -0.337
  7. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 35.915 | -0.358
  8. 19 – Carl Edwards – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 35.953 | -0.396
  9. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 35.962 | -0.405
  10. 21 – Ryan Blaney(i) – Ford – Wood Brothers Racing – 36.015 | -0.458

(i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points.

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