Larson completes practice sweep at New Hampshire

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Larson completes practice sweep at New Hampshire
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Sep 24, 2016, 4:39 PM

Kyle Larson has taken a shine to the Magic Mile.

Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Carl Edwards, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

The driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet posted the top single lap speeds in all three practices at New Hampshire Motor Speedway — including Happy Hour with a single lap run of 132.577mph.

“I felt good about it in race trim,” Larson said. "Our short run speed is really good. I fall off a little bit too much compared to other people, but I’m sure there are some things I could do differently to help that out. Our car though this last practice was really good, I thought. We made some big improvements from the first practice. First practice I was extremely loose on entry. With this last one I felt better with that and drive off stayed good. I just get a little bit too tight past the middle of the corner. We’ve got to work on that a little bit.”

Denny Hamlin (132.549mph) was second quick followed by Kasey Kahne (132.489mph), polesitter Carl Edwards (132.420mph), Jimmie Johnson (132.255mph), Martin Truex Jr. (132.250mph), Matt Kenseth (132.222mph), Kyle Busch (132.213mph), Kevin Harvick (132.186mph) and Alex Bowman Jr. (132.071mph).

The remaining Chasers — Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart ran 11th through 15th, respectively, while Jamie McMurray was 18th, Austin Dillon was 22nd and Chris Buescher brought up the rear in 28th.

Kyle Busch’s 57 laps were the most completed during the session.

Edwards, who will start on the pole for Sunday's race, was fastest among the 34 drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps during the practice session with an average lap speed of 131.663 mph.

Harvick was second-fastest, Larson third, Kyle Busch fourth and Johnson fifth. 
Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 44 28.729     132.577
2 11  Denny Hamlin  Toyota 54 28.735 0.006 0.006 132.549
3 5  Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 43 28.748 0.019 0.013 132.489
4 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota 53 28.763 0.034 0.015 132.420
5 48  Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 50 28.799 0.070 0.036 132.255
6 78  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 39 28.800 0.071 0.001 132.250
7 20  Matt Kenseth  Toyota 44 28.806 0.077 0.006 132.222
8 18  Kyle Busch  Toyota 57 28.808 0.079 0.002 132.213
9 4  Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet 48 28.814 0.085 0.006 132.186
10 88  Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 53 28.839 0.110 0.025 132.071

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Loudon II
Location New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Drivers Kyle Larson
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report