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Kurt Busch And Martin Truex Jr. Top Practice At Kansas Speedway

Kurt Busch And Martin Truex Jr. Top Practice At Kansas Speedway

by May 6, 2016 0 comments

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kurt Busch set the pace in opening practice, and Martin Truex Jr. topped the speed chart in final practice at Kansas Speedway on Friday.

Busch’s lap of 29.049 seconds at 185.893 mph won the first practice session of the day. Busch has never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the speedway, but he did sit on the pole back in June of 2011. The Las Vegas, Nevada native enters this weekend’s Go Bowling 400 coming off an eighth place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.

Second on the speed chart was Martin Truex Jr., followed by Richmond winner, Carl Edwards. Austin Dillon was fourth, and Trevor Bayne, who continues to keep up the competitive momentum, rounded out the top-five.

Jimmie Johnson had the best 10 consecutive lap average with a speed of 183.286 mph. Tony Stewart was second with an average speed of 182.247 and Joey Logano was third with an average speed of 182.017 mph.

In final practice for the Go Bowling 400, Martin Truex Jr. jumped to the top of the board and won practice with a lap of 28.770 seconds at 187.696 mph. Truex Jr. has also never won at Kansas Speedway, but he does have two runner-up finishes that he captured in 2012.

Matt Kenseth set the second fastest lap after only clocking the 10th fastest lap in opening practice. Denny Hamlin improved from sixth in first practice to third in the final session. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch finished out the session fourth and fifth respectively.

Kenseth had the best 10 consecutive lap average with a speed of 181.496 mph. Hamlin was second with an average speed of 181.120 mph, and rounding out the top-three was Kurt Busch with an average speed of 181.073 mph.

Up next on the weekend schedule for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is Coors Light Pole Qualifying that is set to get underway at 6:45 p.m. ET this afternoon. Qualifying will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).

Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

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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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