Kyle Busch, who has 14 NASCAR wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway but none in the Sprint Cup Series, was fastest in Friday night’s final practice session prior to Saturday night’s Bank of America 500.
Busch posted a session-best average single-lap speed of 189.354 mph. Kurt Busch, who was fastest in Friday’s first practice session was second-fastest.
Joey Logano was third-fastest, Ryan Newman was fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fifth.
Despite posting a top-five speed, Earnhardt and his team struggled to find the right balance on his No. 88 Chevrolet throughout the session.
“I felt like I was crashing into Turn 1 and on the splitter,” Earnhardt said to his team after a run mid-way through the session.
Eleven of the 12 drivers still in the championship Chase were among the top 16 speeds posted. The lone outsider was Matt Kenseth, who was 20th-fastest.
Part of Kenseth’s session was spent in the garage as his Joe Gibbs Racing team had to work some repairs on a tire rub that developed on his left-front fender.
Kurt Busch was fastest in both five and 10-lap average speed. In five-lap averages, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson was second and third-fastest. Johnson and Harvick reversed positions in the 10-lap average speeds.
Johnson was fastest in both five and 10-lap average speed during Friday’s first practice session.