Chase Elliott leads first Saturday Cup practice

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Chase Elliott leads first Saturday Cup practice
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Mar 11, 2017, 6:08 PM

A pair of Chevrolets led second practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Young guns Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson set the quick pace early in the 55-minute session.

Elliott posted a top speed of 191.510mph (28.197-sec.) in the No. 24 NAPA Chevy on his first run. Larson was .402-sec. behind in the No. 42 Target Chevy with a lap of 188.818mph.

Elliott’s 42 laps run, were the most completed in practice.

Three-time Vegas winner Matt Kenseth, who turned 45 on Friday, was third fastest with a speed of 188.594mph, followed by local favorite Kyle Busch (188.515mph) and Kasey Kahne (188.068mph).

Ryan Blaney, who starts third in Sunday’s Kobalt 400, posted the sixth-quickest lap (188.009mph) with Vegas-native Kurt Busch, Trevor Bayne, Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon rounding out the top 10 on the 1.5-mile track.

Elliott also led the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average with a speed of 186.480mph. Twelve drivers qualified for the category with Kenseth (186.095mph), Kevin Harvick (185.952mph), Kahne (185.801mph) and Jamie McMurray (185.592mph) rounding out the top five.

After last weekend’s rash of speeding penalties at Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR opened the loops on pit road for the practice so teams could monitor their pit road speeds.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet   28.197     191.510
2 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet   28.599 0.402 0.402 188.818
3 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota   28.633 0.436 0.034 188.594
4 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota   28.645 0.448 0.012 188.515
5 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet   28.713 0.516 0.068 188.068
6 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford   28.722 0.525 0.009 188.009
7 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford   28.723 0.526 0.001 188.003
8 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford   28.727 0.530 0.004 187.976
9 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford   28.769 0.572 0.042 187.702
10 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet   28.773 0.576 0.004 187.676

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Las Vegas
Location Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Drivers Chase Elliott
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report