Keselowski leads the way in Friday Kansas practice

Brad Keselowski ran just nine laps in the first practice at Kansas Motor Speedway — but the No. 2 Miller Ford posted the top speed of 194.347 mph on his seventh circuit.

“Thank you guys, appreciate it,” Keselowski told his crew. 

Keselowski, who won here in 2011, is currently eighth in the Sprint Cup point standings after finishing ninth in last week’s Bank of America 500. However, the Team Penske has led just four laps in the last five races and hasn’t won since Auto Club Speedway on March 22

Eleven of 12 Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders posted times in the top 20 —  the exception being Kevin Harvick, who was 27th on the speed chart with a lap of 191.605 mph. 

Austin Dillon was second quick with a lap of 194.224 mph, followed by Matt Kenseth (194.147 mph), Ryan Newman (193.694) and Brian Scott (193.653 mph) — to give Childress engines three of the top-five speeds in the session. 

Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 10 speeds. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano ran 11th, 13th, 14th and 18th, respectively. 

Kyle Busch had the best five and 10 lap average — 187.73 mph and 186.61mph. Landon Cassill ran the most laps (28) during the session.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Event Kansas II
Track Kansas Speedway
Drivers Brad Keselowski
Teams Team Penske
Article type Practice report