Busch brothers top first Cup practice at Kansas

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Busch brothers top first Cup practice at Kansas
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Oct 14, 2016, 6:53 PM

Kyle Busch topped the speed chart in first practice following a short delay at Kansas Speedway on Friday with a lap of 194.595mph.

Kurt Busch was second with a speed of 194.119mph, followed by Carl Edwards (194.098mph), Alex Bowman (194.070mph) and Chase Elliott (194.056mph).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the fastest — and only Ford among the top 10. His lap of 193.903mph was sixth quick with Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top 10. Chasers Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano posted the 11th and 12th quick lap, respectively.

Only two drivers completed the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average — Hamlin (186.256mph) and Casey Mears (185.041mph). Mears and Joey Gase’s 15 laps completed were the most logged by drivers.

Both Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson were held for 30 minutes into first practice for swerving last weekend following the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“We asked them not to swerve and they swerved so they’re in the garage,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “We told them we’ll look at our resources after the races and if they swerve, they’re sitting.”

At the 52-minute mark, Reed Sorenson’s engine blew to put the first session under caution.

Busch, who was leading the session at the time with a lap of 194.119mph, had completed eight laps before the yellow.

Only two drivers -- Denny Hamlin and Casey Mears -- ran ten consecutive laps, posting average speeds of 186.256mph and 185.041mph, respectively. 

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 18  Kyle Busch  Toyota 5 27.750     194.595
2 41  Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 10 27.818 0.068 0.068 194.119
3 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota 7 27.821 0.071 0.003 194.098
4 88  Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 11 27.825 0.075 0.004 194.070
5 24  Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 14 27.827 0.077 0.002 194.056
6 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 9 27.849 0.099 0.022 193.903
7 78  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 7 27.852 0.102 0.003 193.882
8 48  Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 8 27.885 0.135 0.033 193.653
9 4  Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet 7 27.890 0.140 0.005 193.618
10 11  Denny Hamlin  Toyota 18 27.906 0.156 0.016 193.507

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kansas II
Location Kansas Speedway
Drivers Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report