Larson tops Saturday morning Sprint Cup practice

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Larson tops Saturday morning Sprint Cup practice
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Sep 24, 2016, 1:32 PM

Kyle Larson was fastest again in practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a single lap speed of 132,186 mph on Saturday

Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford
Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing

Although Larson focussed strictly on qualifying set ups on Friday, in the second practice for Bad Boy Off Road 300, the No. 42 Target dialed the car in for Sunday.

Last Sunday’s winner Martin Truex Jr., who qualified second, was second quick with a lap of 132.186mph, followed by Matt Kenseth (132.085mph) July’s winner at the Magic Mile.

Fellow Chasers Denny Hamlin (132.030mph), Chase Elliott (131.980mph), Carl Edwards (131,934mph), Jimmie Johnson (131.724mph), Kyle Busch (131.697mph) and Kevin Harvick (131.678mph) all set times among the top nine with Greg Biffle (131.606mph) rounding out the top 10 in single lap runs.

Johnson’s 57 laps were the most completed during the session. The six-time champion and three-time winner at NHMS, worked on his pit road entry and exit after being busted for speeding in the last two Sprint Cup events.

Other Chase participants included Jamie McMurray (11th), Joey Logano (14th), Kurt Busch (15th), Brad Keselowski (18th), Tony Stewart (19th), Austin Dillon (23rd) and Chris Buescher (33rd).

The only incident in practice occurred seven minutes into the session when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun coming off of pit road for his first run.

Truex was fastest among the 22 drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps in the session. His average lap speed was 131.139 mph, slightly fastest than his fellow Toyota driver Kenseth (131.033 mph).

Kyle Busch was third-fastest in the 10-lap average, followed by Hamlin and Elliott.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 41 28.814     132.186
2 78  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 29 28.814 0.000 0.000 132.186
3 20  Matt Kenseth  Toyota 42 28.836 0.022 0.022 132.085
4 11  Denny Hamlin  Toyota 36 28.848 0.034 0.012 132.030
5 24  Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 35 28.859 0.045 0.011 131.980
6 19  Carl Edwards  Toyota 24 28.869 0.055 0.010 131.934
7 48  Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 57 28.915 0.101 0.046 131.724
8 18  Kyle Busch  Toyota 40 28.921 0.107 0.006 131.697
9 4  Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet 21 28.925 0.111 0.004 131.678
10 16  Greg Biffle  Ford 25 28.941 0.127 0.016 131.606

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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