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Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson Lead Saturday STP 500 Practices

Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson Lead Saturday STP 500 Practices

by April 2, 2016 0 comments

Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson respectively paced each practice session for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.

Kahne led the morning session with a lap of 19.710 seconds over Ryan Newman, who turned in a lap time of 19.756 seconds.

Drivers positions three-through-six on the speed chart managed to run laps one tenth of a second off of Kahne’s lap time with Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt Jr. taking those spots.

Rounding out the top-10 were Casey Mears, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer.

Vickers was fastest over Newman over a 10-lap run, running an average speed of 95.336 miles per hour to Newman’s 95.128 miles per hour.

Larson’s lap of 19.835 seconds was fastest in the final session of the weekend over Kyle Busch, who ran a lap of 19.862 seconds.

Completing the top-10 in final practice were Vickers, Newman, Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Hamlin, Kenseth, Kahne and Ryan Blaney.

Johnson was fastest over Larson across a 10-lap run with the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet running an average speed of 94.866 miles per hour over 10 laps.

Top-10 Second Practice Speeds for the STP 500

  1. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 19.710
  2. 31 – Ryan Newman – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 19.756 (-0.046)
  3. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Toyota – Furniture Row Racing – 19.788 (-0.078)
  4. 14 – Brian Vickers – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 19.795 (-0.085)
  5. 27 – Paul Menard – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 19.800 (-0.090)
  6. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 19.810 (-0.100)
  7. 13 – Casey Mears – Chevrolet – Germain Racing – 19.818 (-0.108)
  8. 20 – Matt Kenseth – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 19.821 (-0.113)
  9. 11 – Denny Hamlin – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 19.822 (-0.114)
  10. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Chevrolet – HScott Motorsports – 19.841 (-0.131)

Top-10 Final Practice Speeds for the STP 500

  1. 42 – Kyle Larson – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing – 19.835
  2. 18 – Kyle Busch – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 19.862 (-0.027)
  3. 14 – Brian Vickers – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing – 19.869 (-0.034)
  4. 31 – Ryan Newman – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 19.869 (-0.034)
  5. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Toyota – Furniture Row Racing – 19.874 (-0.039)
  6. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 19.880 (-0.045)
  7. 11 – Denny Hamlin – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 19.885 (-0.050)
  8. 20 – Matt Kenseth – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 19.890 (-0.055)
  9. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports – 19.906 (-0.071)
  10. 21 – Ryan Blaney#* – Ford – Wood Brothers Racing – 19.908 (-0.073)

# = Rookie, * = Non-charter driver.

Photo Credit: Camille Jones/The Fourth Turn

Kyle Pokrefky
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