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JGR Teammates Pace Final Las Vegas Practice

JGR Teammates Pace Final Las Vegas Practice

by March 5, 2016 0 comments

Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards paced the field in final practice for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, turning in respective times of 28.502 and 28.594 seconds.

The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates were tailed on the speed chart by a string of Chevrolet drivers that took the third-through-eighth positions – those drivers being Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Mears.

Fellow Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-10 in the ninth and tenth positions.

Other notable drivers on the speed chart were Ryan Blaney in 12th, Kyle Busch in 14th, Brad Keselowski in 15th, Joey Logano in 17th, Kyle Larson in 21st, Kevin Harvick in 22nd and Danica Patrick in 27th.

Richard Childress Racing’s Menard logged the most laps of the session with 54 while The Motorsports Group’s Josh Wise completed the fewest with eight.

Over a 10-lap run, Austin Dillon was the fastest driver with an average speed of 186.424 miles per hour over a run. The next four fastest drivers over a 10-lap segment were Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kenseth and A.J. Allmendinger.

With all three practice sessions for the weekend in the books, the Kobalt 400 is up next for the Sprint Cup Series with a 3:30 p.m ET/12:30 p.m PT start scheduled for Sunday.

Final Practice Speeds for the Kobalt 400

  1. 20 – Matt Kenseth – 28.502
  2. 19 – Carl Edwards – 28.594
  3. 41 – Kurt Busch – 28.616
  4. 27 – Paul Menard – 28.620
  5. 31 – Ryan Newman – 28.640
  6. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – 28.671
  7. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 28.677
  8. 13 – Casey Mears – 28.679
  9. 11 – Denny Hamlin – 28.693
  10. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – 28.696
  11. 3 – Austin Dillon – 28.697
  12. 21 – Ryan Blaney#* – 28.712
  13. 17 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – 28.719
  14. 18 – Kyle Busch – 28.720
  15. 2 – Brad Keselowski – 28.724
  16. 1 – Jamie McMurray – 28.730
  17. 22 – Joey Logano – 28.779
  18. 47 – A.J. Allmendinger – 28.788
  19. 5 – Kasey Kahne – 28.814
  20. 24 – Chase Elliott# – 28.815
  21. 42 – Kyle Larson – 28.862
  22. 4 – Kevin Harvick – 28.894
  23. 16 – Greg Biffle – 28.904
  24. 6 – Trevor Bayne – 28.946
  25. 34 – Chris Buescher# – 28.962
  26. 14 – Brian Vickers – 28.984
  27. 10 – Danica Patrick – 28.989
  28. 43 – Aric Almirola – 29.002
  29. 44 – Brian Scott# – 29.053
  30. 38 – Landon Cassill – 29.107
  31. 23 – David Ragan – 29.232
  32. 7 – Regan Smith – 29.233
  33. 15 – Clint Bowyer – 29.276
  34. 95 – Michael McDowell – 29.358
  35. 83 – Matt DiBenedetto – 29.505
  36. 46 – Michael Annett – 29.756
  37. 98 – Cole Whitt* – 29.796
  38. 32 – Jeffrey Earnhardt# – 29.835
  39. 30 – Josh Wise* – 29.913

# = Rookie, * = Non-charter driver.

Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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