Kyle Larson tops final practice at Dover

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Kyle Larson tops final practice at Dover
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Jun 3, 2017, 4:33 PM

Kyle Larson continued to lead the Chevrolet contingent at Dover International Speedway on Saturday.

Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

After posting the top speed on Friday in first practice, he had the fastest car in Happy Hour with a single-lap speed of 157.411mph. Larson’s fifth-place qualifying effort also led the Bow-tie brigade on Friday at the Monster Mile.

“We were really good in practice and I didn’t feel very good that first run, but we still weren’t really fast and my front-end was just working way too good,” Larson said. “Landing in the corner it was kind of getting me upset and the final round it got better, but our exit was too tight.

“I made a couple of mistakes the last couple of weeks,” Larson said. “Gotta clean that up and get back to Victory Lane.”

The first caution occurred six minutes into the session when Cole Whitt’s car stalled at the end of pit road. Jimmie Johnson was atop the leader board with a speed of 157.301mph followed by Kyle Busch (157.246mph), Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch — all with a lap of 157.143mph. Daniel Suarez (157.116mph), Martin Truex Jr. (157.061mph), Jamie McMurray (156.781mph), Chase Elliott (156.753mph) and Clint Bowyer (156.706mph) rounded out the top 10.

After the track returned to green, Kyle Larson shot up to the top of the chart with a lap of 157.411mph. Truex moved up to fourth with a lap of 157.143mph.

Midway through the 55-minute session, Larson remained at the top of the speed chart followed by Johnson, Kyle Busch, Truex, Kenseth, Harvick, Kurt Busch, Daniel Suarez, McMurray and Elliott.

The top-10 single lap speeds had not changed with 10 minutes remaining. Blaney, 15th-quick with a lap of 156.230mph, reported that the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford was tight in traffic.

Larson’s 60 laps completed were the most among the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 60 22.870     157.411
2 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 48 22.886 0.016 0.016 157.301
3 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 38 22.894 0.024 0.008 157.246
4 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 36 22.909 0.039 0.015 157.143
5 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 49 22.909 0.039 0.000 157.143
6 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 48 22.909 0.039 0.000 157.143
7 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 53 22.909 0.039 0.000 157.143
8 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 42 22.913 0.043 0.004 157.116
9 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 54 22.962 0.092 0.049 156.781
10 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 46 22.966 0.096 0.004 156.753
11 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 31 22.973 0.103 0.007 156.706
12 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 33 22.993 0.123 0.020 156.569
13 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 41 23.010 0.140 0.017 156.454
14 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 52 23.020 0.150 0.010 156.386
15 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 47 23.043 0.173 0.023 156.230
16 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 42 23.056 0.186 0.013 156.142
17 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 47 23.058 0.188 0.002 156.128
18 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 42 23.077 0.207 0.019 155.999
19 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 49 23.087 0.217 0.010 155.932
20 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 40 23.099 0.229 0.012 155.851
21 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 29 23.100 0.230 0.001 155.844
22 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 44 23.107 0.237 0.007 155.797
23 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 56 23.110 0.240 0.003 155.777
24 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 40 23.134 0.264 0.024 155.615
25 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 37 23.159 0.289 0.025 155.447
26 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 25 23.165 0.295 0.006 155.407
27 43 united_states Regan Smith  Ford 42 23.255 0.385 0.090 154.805
28 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 44 23.335 0.465 0.080 154.275
29 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 36 23.340 0.470 0.005 154.242
30 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 43 23.450 0.580 0.110 153.518
31 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 38 23.457 0.587 0.007 153.472
32 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 44 23.500 0.630 0.043 153.191
33 23 united_states Gray Gaulding  Toyota 22 23.682 0.812 0.182 152.014
34 83 united_states Ryan Sieg  Toyota 24 23.723 0.853 0.041 151.751
35 15 united_states Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 27 23.745 0.875 0.022 151.611
36 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 16 23.833 0.963 0.088 151.051
37 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 30 24.084 1.214 0.251 149.477
38 66 united_states Timmy Hill  Chevrolet 9 24.286 1.416 0.202 148.234
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Dover
Location Dover International Speedway
Drivers Kyle Larson
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report