Brad Keselowski tops final Cup practice at Watkins Glen
Brad Keselowski led Happy Hour at Watkins Glen on Saturday.
Keselowski posted a lap of 125.880mph (70.067-seconds) after four runs of 16 total laps.
Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, Chase Elliott, Michael McDowell and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 10 single-lap speeds.
After 25 cars posted first laps, Jamie McMurray held the top speed of 125.233mph. Keselowski was second (125.055mph) followed by Kurt Busch (124.511mph), Denny Hamlin (124.185mph) and Chase Elliott (124.035mph). AJ Allmendinger, Kahne, Kenseth, Harvick and Bowyer rounded out the top 10.
Just after five minutes, Truex popped up to third (124.641mph). Moments later, Boris Said destroyed the nose on the No. 33 Chevy in the bus stop and forced the red flag. Maintenance trucks cleared the grass and dirt from the circuit in the inner loop. Before cars could return to the track, a light sprinkle blew over the track.
The Nos. 13, 31, 48 and 72 were released from a 15-minute practice hold for failing qualifying/pre-race practice inspection twice at Pocono.
One minute later, the shower passed through and 25 cars returned to the track. McMurray was still fastest in single-lap speed. Just before the 22-minute mark, Keselowksi moved to the top (125.880mph) on his third lap. Kurt Busch took over P2 (125.862mph). McMurray, Truex, Bowyer, Hamlin,
“It felt slower, like I was tighter on each apex,” Kurt Busch said. His crew chief Tony Gibson replied, “That was a .70-flat. Your best lap.”
NASCAR released Kyle Larson from time out at the 30-minute mark. Larson executed a burn out on pit road following lug nut inspection at Pocono. Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher and Erik Jones were also released from 30-minute holds due to failing inspection three times at Pocono.
Keselowski remained atop the leader board followed by Kurt Busch, McMurray, Truex, Stenhouse (124.464mph), Bowyer, Hamlin, Harvick, Elliott and Allmendinger. Six minutes later, Kyle Busch jumped up to fifth with a lap of 124.504mph. At the 40-minute mark, Busch moved to fourth on his eight lap — 124.906mph.
Ryan Blaney climbed up to seventh with just over 10 minutes remaining. Blaney’s eighth lap was 124.786mph. Daniel Suarez was bumped to 11th followed by Jones, Elliott, Allmendinger, Kahne, Kenseth, Logano, Buescher, Larson and Ty Dillon.
With seven minutes to go, Hamlin (125.281mph) bounced up to third in qualifying trim followed by Larson (125.268mph), McMurray, McDowell, Kyle Busch, Harvick and Blaney.
|1||2|| Brad Keselowski ||Ford||16||70.067||125.880|
|2||41|| Kurt Busch ||Ford||12||70.077||0.010||0.010||125.862|
|3||78|| Martin Truex Jr. ||Toyota||13||70.224||0.157||0.147||125.598|
|4||14|| Clint Bowyer ||Ford||12||70.342||0.275||0.118||125.387|
|5||11|| Denny Hamlin ||Toyota||15||70.402||0.335||0.060||125.281|
|6||42|| Kyle Larson ||Chevrolet||7||70.409||0.342||0.007||125.268|
|7||1|| Jamie McMurray ||Chevrolet||16||70.429||0.362||0.020||125.233|
|8||24|| Chase Elliott ||Chevrolet||14||70.478||0.411||0.049||125.145|
|9||95|| Michael McDowell ||Chevrolet||12||70.515||0.448||0.037||125.080|
|10||18|| Kyle Busch ||Toyota||11||70.613||0.546||0.098||124.906|
|11||4|| Kevin Harvick ||Ford||9||70.620||0.553||0.007||124.894|
|12||21|| Ryan Blaney ||Ford||10||70.681||0.614||0.061||124.786|
|13||27|| Paul Menard ||Chevrolet||10||70.863||0.796||0.182||124.466|
|14||17|| Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ||Ford||11||70.864||0.797||0.001||124.464|
|15||22|| Joey Logano ||Ford||15||70.873||0.806||0.009||124.448|
|16||19|| Daniel Suarez ||Toyota||14||71.049||0.982||0.176||124.140|
|17||77|| Erik Jones ||Toyota||10||71.087||1.020||0.038||124.073|
|18||47|| A.J. Allmendinger ||Chevrolet||11||71.112||1.045||0.025||124.030|
|19||5|| Kasey Kahne ||Chevrolet||17||71.113||1.046||0.001||124.028|
|20||20|| Matt Kenseth ||Toyota||14||71.162||1.095||0.049||123.943|
|21||37|| Chris Buescher ||Chevrolet||3||71.227||1.160||0.065||123.829|
|22||13|| Ty Dillon ||Chevrolet||11||71.334||1.267||0.107||123.644|
|23||10|| Danica Patrick ||Ford||8||71.392||1.325||0.058||123.543|
|24||6|| Trevor Bayne ||Ford||12||71.408||1.341||0.016||123.516|
|25||43|| Aric Almirola ||Ford||12||71.513||1.446||0.105||123.334|
|26||48|| Jimmie Johnson ||Chevrolet||14||71.638||1.571||0.125||123.119|
|27||31|| Ryan Newman ||Chevrolet||8||71.684||1.617||0.046||123.040|
|28||3|| Austin Dillon ||Chevrolet||13||71.783||1.716||0.099||122.870|
|29||72|| Cole Whitt ||Chevrolet||9||71.835||1.768||0.052||122.781|
|30||38|| David Ragan ||Ford||12||72.278||2.211||0.443||122.029|
|31||88|| Dale Earnhardt Jr. ||Chevrolet||9||72.316||2.249||0.038||121.965|
|32||34|| Landon Cassill ||Ford||9||72.433||2.366||0.117||121.768|
|33||32|| Matt DiBenedetto ||Ford||12||72.531||2.464||0.098||121.603|
|34||15|| Gary Klutt ||Chevrolet||12||73.154||3.087||0.623||120.568|
|35||83|| Brett Moffitt ||Toyota||10||73.213||3.146||0.059||120.470|
|36||33|| Boris Said ||Chevrolet||2||73.660||3.593||0.447||119.739|
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|Location||Watkins Glen International|
|Article type||Practice report|