Larson tops final practice at Chicagoland

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Larson tops final practice at Chicagoland
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Sep 17, 2016, 6:50 PM

Kyle Larson swept the top spot in Xfinity Series practices on Saturday posting a fast lap of 183.299mph (29.460-sec.) in Happy Hour at Chicagoland Speedway.

Car of Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Ty Dillon, Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

Rookie Chase Elliott posted the most laps (56) and was second-quick in single lap runs with a speed of 182.883-seconds and was followed by fellow Chasers Kyle Busch (182.828mph), Carl Edwards (182.624mph), Kurt Busch (182.482mph), Joey Logano (182.439mph) and Martin Truex Jr. (182.309).

Kasey Kahne posted the eighth fastest lap (182.291mph), followed by Brad Keselowski (182.223mph), Ryan Newman (182.033mph), Jimmie Johnson (182.020mph) and rookie Ryan Blaney (181.293mph). Other Chase contenders included Denny Hamlin (14th), Jamie McMurray (17th), Matt Kenseth (18th), Austin Dillon (19th), Kevin Harvick (22nd), Tony Stewart (23rd) and Chris Buescher (26th).

Johnson led the Best 10 Consecutive Lap category with a speed of 179.687mph, followed by Elliott (178.724mph), Harvick (178.425mph), Truex (178.259mph), Blaney (178.161mph), Keselowski (178.084mph), Kahne (178.073mph), Kyle Busch (177.903mph), Ryan Newman (177.798mph) and Paul Menard (177.737mph).

Kurt Busch was 10th followed by Austin Dillon, Logano, Kenseth, Stewart, Alex Bowman, Larson, Edwards, Hamlin and Casey Mears.

Thirty drivers completed 10-lap runs.

Ty Dillon continued to fill in for Regan Smith who is on paternity leave.

Note: Richard Petty Motorsports swapped spotters this weekend. The team confirmed that Joel Edmonds is now working with Aric Almirola. Former Xfinity Series driver Stevie Reeves is providing eyes in the sky for Brian Scott.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 34 29.460     183.299
2 24  Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 56 29.527 0.067 0.067 182.883
3 18  Kyle Busch  Toyota 44 29.536 0.076 0.009 182.828
4 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota 40 29.569 0.109 0.033 182.624
5 41  Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 57 29.592 0.132 0.023 182.482
6 22  Joey Logano  Ford 45 29.599 0.139 0.007 182.439
7 78  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 44 29.620 0.160 0.021 182.309
8 5  Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 46 29.623 0.163 0.003 182.291
9 2  Brad Keselowski  Ford 40 29.634 0.174 0.011 182.223
10 31  Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 37 29.665 0.205 0.031 182.033

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Chicagoland
Sub-event Saturday practice
Location Chicagoland Speedway
Drivers Kyle Larson
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report