Rusty Wallace fastest on Friday at Loudon

Rusty Wallace turned the fastest lap during final practice for Cup teams at New Hampshire International Raceway, with a lap of 130.765 mph. "I feel good -- I'm in the Chase and ready to run for the next 10 races," said Wallace. Kyle Busch was...

Rusty Wallace turned the fastest lap during final practice for Cup teams at New Hampshire International Raceway, with a lap of 130.765 mph.

"I feel good -- I'm in the Chase and ready to run for the next 10 races," said Wallace.

Kyle Busch was second fastest with a lap of 130.492 mph while his Kbrother urt was third quickest with 130.483 mph.

"Each of the races [is] different and we hope that we start off on the right foot like we did last year," Busch said. "Our team has been able to do well with pit strategy and have a [chassis] setup that can maneuver high, low -- and pass cars. That's enabled us to win a couple of times and finish second in the last six races.

"Right now, it's a time for our team to shine. What we're doing to this year is something very special -- to hopefully backup our championship. It's fun to work with everybody right now and see everyone pulling together."

Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart complete the top five.

"It's a big motor deal," said Stewart of NHIS. "With the corners being so tight, you've got to put a lot of gear in the car to get it up off the corner. Forward bite is always an issue there too - trying to get the car to go forward. So, it's hard to get up off the corners. Then you've got long straightaways where you can kind of relax a little bit.

"Coming into the corners, you use a lot of brake, and it's hard to not only get the car stopped, but to get it to turn. Then you go through that challenge all over again."

Overcast skies courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia and cool temperatures greeted Cup racers for their only practice sessions at New Hampshire International Raceway.

Jeff Gordon topped the speed chart during the first practice period but fell to 16th during final practice.

Notably, NASCAR confiscated the No. 25 Chevrolet of Brian Vickers after it failed to pass pre-qualifying inspection. The front and roof templates NASCAR uses did not fit the car; the team was unable to fix it on the second time through the tech line so NASCAR took the car.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Kasey Kahne , Brian Vickers , Kyle Busch