Kevin Harvick fastest in Saturday's first practice at Phoenix

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Kevin Harvick fastest in Saturday's first practice at Phoenix
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Nov 10, 2018, 5:24 PM

After winning the pole on Friday, Kevin Harvick remained on top in Saturday’s first practice session at Phoenix.

Harvick, who will start on the pole for Sunday’s Cam-Am 500, led the way in the 45-minute practice with an average lap speed of 134.710 mph.

Kyle Larson was second (134.680 mph) and Brad Keselowski was third (134.479 mph). Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney completed the top-five.

Harvick has nine career NASCAR Cup Series victories at Phoenix, including this year’s spring race. Following a midweek penalty from NASCAR, Harvick can still make the Championship 4 at Homestead through points but a win would again guarantee him the opportunity to race for the title next week.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.

About 16 minutes into the session, Tanner Berryhill spun through Turn 2 to bring a brief halt to the on-track action. Practice resumed shortly afterwards.

Six drivers – D.J. Kennington, Ty Dillon, J.J. Yeley, Johnson, Timmy Hill and Berryhill – had to sit out the final 15 minutes of practice as all were late to pre-qualifying inspection on Friday.

Cla # Driver 4506 Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 27 26.724     134.710
2 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 18 26.730 0.006 0.006 134.680
3 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 31 26.770 0.046 0.040 134.479
4 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 40 26.811 0.087 0.041 134.273
5 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 32 26.818 0.094 0.007 134.238
6 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 36 26.858 0.134 0.040 134.038
7 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 34 26.868 0.144 0.010 133.988
8 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 33 26.876 0.152 0.008 133.949
9 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 32 26.883 0.159 0.007 133.914
10 78 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 31 26.902 0.178 0.019 133.819
11 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 42 26.936 0.212 0.034 133.650
12 19 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 45 26.939 0.215 0.003 133.635
13 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 28 26.967 0.243 0.028 133.496
14 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 39 26.979 0.255 0.012 133.437
15 41 United States Kurt Busch  Ford 50 26.980 0.256 0.001 133.432
16 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 29 26.986 0.262 0.006 133.403
17 31 United States Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 26 27.002 0.278 0.016 133.323
18 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 43 27.029 0.305 0.027 133.190
19 1 United States Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 31 27.030 0.306 0.001 133.185
20 47 United States A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 28 27.033 0.309 0.003 133.171
21 6 United States Matt Kenseth  Ford 22 27.050 0.326 0.017 133.087
22 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 26 27.053 0.329 0.003 133.072
23 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 18 27.054 0.330 0.001 133.067
24 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 24 27.060 0.336 0.006 133.038
25 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 32 27.123 0.399 0.063 132.729
26 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 25 27.195 0.471 0.072 132.377
27 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 23 27.255 0.531 0.060 132.086
28 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 28 27.261 0.537 0.006 132.057
29 95 United States Regan Smith  Chevrolet 26 27.269 0.545 0.008 132.018
30 32 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 41 27.304 0.580 0.035 131.849
31 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 30 27.311 0.587 0.007 131.815
32 23 United States J.J. Yeley  Toyota 15 27.546 0.822 0.235 130.690
33 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 12 27.652 0.928 0.106 130.189
34 72 United States Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 13 27.694 0.970 0.042 129.992
35 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 24 27.782 1.058 0.088 129.580
36 7 Canada D.J. Kennington  Chevrolet 13 27.952 1.228 0.170 128.792
37 97 Tanner Berryhill  Toyota 11 27.973 1.249 0.021 128.696
38 66 United States Timmy Hill  Toyota 11 28.086 1.362 0.113 128.178

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Phoenix II
Drivers Kevin Harvick
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Jim Utter
Article type Practice report