Harvick tops final Cup practice at Phoenix

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Harvick tops final Cup practice at Phoenix
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Nov 11, 2017, 8:06 PM

Kevin Harvick led the way in both Saturday practice sessions for the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Harvick completed two 20-lap runs in Happy Hour with a top speed of 134.973mph. 

“Our car is fast enough,” said Harvick, who leads the tour with eight wins at Phoenix. “It really was just gonna come down to me making all the right moves with the line and decisions and things like that. It’s been a great day and hopefully we can continue that on Sunday.”

Kyle Busch was second in single-lap speeds followed by Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney. 

Johnson led the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average category with a speed of 133.549mph. Kyle Busch was second (133.548mph) followed by Hamlin, Truex, Jamie McMurray, Harvick, Kenseth, Kahne, Kyle Larson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Kyle Busch established a quick lap of 134.333mph after his first five laps in final practice. Kahne (134.328mph) ran second followed by Truex (134.313mph), Bowyer (134.263mph), Kenseth, Hamlin, Keselowski, Blaney, Earnhardt and McMurray. 

Johnson landed fifth (134.208mph) on the speed chart following his first run, but Harvick bumped him to sixth after posting the fastest lap (134.973mph) in the first eight minutes.

After 10 minutes, Harvick led the session followed by Kyle Busch, Kahne, Truex, Bowyer, Johnson, Kenseth, Hamlin, Keselowski and Blaney.

“Everywhere was a better but I was a little tight overall to start the run,” Hamlin said. 

Earnhardt, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, David Ragan, Landon Cassill and Aric Almirola rounded out the top 20. 

NASCAR released Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Chris Buescher, who were penalized 15 minutes for failing race inspection twice last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Ty Dillon, Corey LaJoie and Matt DiBenedetto were released from timeout after failing qualifying inspection twice at Phoenix on Friday.

Logano was 22nd after his first run. Elliott landed at 17th.

Erik Jones was the final car released from penalty holds. The No. 77 Furniture Row team was docked 30 minutes for failing inspection three times prior to qualifying on Friday. He was 26th after his first run (132.033mph). 

Stenhouse’s 44 laps were the most completed at that point.

With 10 minutes to go in Happy Hour, the top 13 remained the same. Logano moved up to 14th followed by Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, Elliott, Stenhouse, Bayne and Ragan.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 40 26.672     134.973
2 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 68 26.799 0.127 0.127 134.333
3 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 36 26.800 0.128 0.001 134.328
4 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 51 26.803 0.131 0.003 134.313
5 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 52 26.813 0.141 0.010 134.263
6 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 48 26.824 0.152 0.011 134.208
7 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 53 26.840 0.168 0.016 134.128
8 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 52 26.847 0.175 0.007 134.093
9 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 44 26.890 0.218 0.043 133.879
10 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 40 26.903 0.231 0.013 133.814
11 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 47 26.904 0.232 0.001 133.809
12 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 49 26.921 0.249 0.017 133.725
13 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 63 26.931 0.259 0.010 133.675
14 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 52 26.936 0.264 0.005 133.650
15 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 51 26.957 0.285 0.021 133.546
16 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 24 26.959 0.287 0.002 133.536
17 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 37 27.000 0.328 0.041 133.333
18 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 57 27.030 0.358 0.030 133.185
19 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 46 27.161 0.489 0.131 132.543
20 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 38 27.167 0.495 0.006 132.514
21 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 45 27.186 0.514 0.019 132.421
22 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 46 27.209 0.537 0.023 132.309
23 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 43 27.219 0.547 0.010 132.261
24 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 55 27.220 0.548 0.001 132.256
25 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 47 27.222 0.550 0.002 132.246
26 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 19 27.266 0.594 0.044 132.033
27 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 46 27.294 0.622 0.028 131.897
28 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 27 27.305 0.633 0.011 131.844
29 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 48 27.307 0.635 0.002 131.834
30 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 38 27.447 0.775 0.140 131.162
31 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 26 27.450 0.778 0.003 131.148
32 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 20 27.542 0.870 0.092 130.709
33 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 19 27.594 0.922 0.052 130.463
34 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 24 27.688 1.016 0.094 130.020
35 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 25 27.715 1.043 0.027 129.894
36 15 canada D.J. Kennington  Chevrolet 34 27.786 1.114 0.071 129.562
37 00 united_states Derrike Cope  Chevrolet 22 28.228 1.556 0.442 127.533
38 51 united_states Kyle Weatherman  Chevrolet 30 28.433 1.761 0.205 126.613
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Phoenix II
Location ISM Raceway
Drivers Kevin Harvick
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report