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Brad Keselowski Quickest in Opening Kansas Practice

Brad Keselowski Quickest in Opening Kansas Practice

by October 16, 2015 0 comments

KANSAS CITY, Kans. — Brad Keselowski paced the field in Friday’s opening practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, topping the scoring pylon with a lap of 27.785 seconds.

The Team Penske driver completed his circuit around the mile-and-a-half oval 18 thousandths of a second quicker than the second-place driver on the speed chart, Austin Dillon.

Save for XFINITY Series regular Brian Scott in fifth and Jimmie Johnson in seventh, Chase drivers rounded out positions three-through-10 with Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch taking those respective spots.

Last week’s Charlotte winner, Joey Logano, clocked in with the 18th-fastest lap of the session with a lap of 28.016 seconds.

Defending series champion Kevin Harvick was the slowest of the 12 Chase drivers in the field after having made the 27th-fastest time of the 85-minute session.

Hillman Racing’s Landon Cassill completed the most laps of the session with 28 laps turned around the track while Dillon, Scott and Matt DiBenedetto completed the fewest with each driver taking seven laps around the course.

The Sprint Cup Series field will make their way back onto the track for qualifying later today at 5:15 p.m CT.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Hollywood Casino 400

  1. 2 – Brad Keselowski* – Ford – Team Penske – 27.785 | Leader
  2. 3 – Austin Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 27.803 | -0.018
  3. 20 – Matt Kenseth* – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 27.814 | -0.029
  4. 31 – Ryan Newman* – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 27.879 | -0.094
  5. 33 – Brian Scott(i) – Chevrolet – Circle Sport Racing – 27.885 | -0.100
  6. 78 – Martin Truex Jr.* – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing – 27.936 | -0.151
  7. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 27.951 | -0.166
  8. 41 – Kurt Busch* – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 27.951 | -0.166
  9. 19 – Carl Edwards* – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 27.951 | -0.166
  10. 18 – Kyle Busch* – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 27.955 | -0.170

(i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points, * = Chase driver.

Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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