Kyle Larson tops first Cup practice at Dover

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Kyle Larson tops first Cup practice at Dover
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Jun 2, 2017, 4:09 PM

Kyle Larson topped the speed chart in first practice for the Monster Energy Cup Series at Dover International Speedway on Friday.

Larson’s speed of 159.915mph held up for the top spot followed by Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott.

“Dover has always been a track I’ve enjoy racing, so I’m looking forward to getting there this weekend and moving passed our race at Charlotte,” Larson said. “The first Dover was kind of where we started running better last season, so hopefully it’s a good track to pick our momentum back up.

“Our Chevy’s continue to be really fast and we’ve qualified pretty good this season when we’ve been able to, and that will be important this weekend as we try to get back some of the points we lost last weekend.”

Thirty minutes into the session, Kyle Busch led the session with a lap of 159.398mph after just two laps. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth (158.961mph) followed by fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. (157,598mph) rounded out the top-three speeds following their initial runs.

Ten-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson was fourth fast (156.986mph) with Ricky Stenhosue Jr. (156.924mph), Ryan Blaney (156.924mph), Ty Dillon (156.890mph), Kurt Busch (156.658mph), Kevin Harvick (156.624mph) and Brad Keselowski (156.610mph) rounding out the top 10.

All 39 drivers had completed runs in the first 35 minutes. Larson jumped up to third on the chart just before the 40-minute mark. After 14 laps, Larson’s best lap was 158.863mph. Kurt Busch returned to the track next in qualifying trim and moved up to fourth with a speed of 158.068mph after completing his sixth lap.

After the first hour, Larson had vaulted to the top with a speed of 159.915mph. Kenseth (159.603mph) was second followed by Kyle Busch (159.398mph), Kurt Busch and Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt was sixth following his second run with Blaney, Chase Elliott, Johnson and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top 10.

In the final five minutes, Martin Truex Jr. moved back into the top five with a lap of 159.208mph after his eighth lap. Brad Keselowski was sixth (158.898mph) following his qualifying run. Suarez also cracked the top 10 with a lap of 158.493mph.

Elliott’s 38 laps were the most  completed during the one hour, 25 minute session.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 18 22.512     159.915
2 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 9 22.556 0.044 0.044 159.603
3 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 9 22.585 0.073 0.029 159.398
4 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 8 22.612 0.100 0.027 159.208
5 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 10 22.636 0.124 0.024 159.039
6 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 20 22.656 0.144 0.020 158.898
7 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 18 22.686 0.174 0.030 158.688
8 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 19 22.695 0.183 0.009 158.625
9 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 16 22.714 0.202 0.019 158.493
10 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 38 22.722 0.210 0.008 158.437

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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