Harvick leads second Cup practice from Phoenix

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Harvick leads second Cup practice from Phoenix
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Nov 11, 2017, 5:34 PM

Kevin Harvick led second practice for the Can-Am 500 with a speed of 134.328mph (26.8-seconds).

Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

The eight-time Phoenix Raceway winner completed 21 laps during the 55-minute session on Saturday morning.

Chase Elliott was second in single-lap speeds followed by Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson.

Other Playoff contenders positions included Jimmie Johnson in 14th, Ryan Blaney 20th and Brad Keselowski 21st. 

Elliott set the early pace with a lap of 134.163mph. After the first five minutes, Kahne ran second followed by Earnhardt, Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Blaney, Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Aric Almirola and David Ragan. 

Larson jumped up to 10th on his first lap then moved up to ninth after six laps. Just before the 10-minute mark, Truex posted the third fastest lap (134.058) and Hamlin (133.934mph) ran fourth. 

“Pretty decent everywhere,” Hamlin said. “Could use a little turn in 3 and 4.”

Twelve minutes in the first caution waved when Stenhouse spun off of Turn 2 after completing his eighth lap. He was 14th-quick (133.462mph).

Harvick bumped Elliott on his third run of the 55-minute session with a lap of 134.328mph, 15 minutes in. Kahne ran third followed by Truex, Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Earnhardt, Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Kenseth. Larson, Logano, Jones, Johnson, Stenhouse, Austin Dillon, McMurray, Newman, Menard and Blaney rounded out the top 20. 

Halfway through the session, the top nine drivers remained the same but Larson moved up to 10th. Menard’s 27 laps were the most completed.

“Just not a lot of cut,” Elliott said after 32 laps. “The front end doesn’t feel very positive…It’s just slide point, or slide the nose.”

With 10 minutes remaining in the session, Newman’s 39 laps were the most led. Keselowski, ran 21st in single-lap speeds. 

Erik Jones led the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average category with a speed of 133.060mph. Larson was second (132.938mph), followed by Kyle Busch (132.871mph), Johnson (132.869mph), Earnhardt (132.856mph), Newman (132.842mph), McMurray (132.800mph), Bowyer (132.729mph), Menard (132.172mph) and Keselowski (132.130mph).

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 21 26.800     134.328
2 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 39 26.833 0.033 0.033 134.163
3 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 36 26.849 0.049 0.016 134.083
4 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 27 26.854 0.054 0.005 134.058
5 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 38 26.879 0.079 0.025 133.934
6 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 40 26.892 0.092 0.013 133.869
7 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 43 26.921 0.121 0.029 133.725
8 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 35 26.924 0.124 0.003 133.710
9 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 41 26.925 0.125 0.001 133.705
10 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 43 26.926 0.126 0.001 133.700
11 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 40 26.929 0.129 0.003 133.685
12 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 27 26.945 0.145 0.016 133.605
13 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 40 26.950 0.150 0.005 133.581
14 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 30 26.954 0.154 0.004 133.561
15 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 25 26.974 0.174 0.020 133.462
16 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 46 26.987 0.187 0.013 133.398
17 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 40 27.014 0.214 0.027 133.264
18 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 46 27.020 0.220 0.006 133.235
19 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 44 27.086 0.286 0.066 132.910
20 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 29 27.089 0.289 0.003 132.895
21 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 38 27.100 0.300 0.011 132.841
22 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 24 27.143 0.343 0.043 132.631
23 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 33 27.162 0.362 0.019 132.538
24 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 28 27.187 0.387 0.025 132.416
25 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 34 27.193 0.393 0.006 132.387
26 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 41 27.265 0.465 0.072 132.037
27 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 22 27.286 0.486 0.021 131.936
28 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 35 27.368 0.568 0.082 131.540
29 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 20 27.383 0.583 0.015 131.468
30 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 30 27.449 0.649 0.066 131.152
31 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 20 27.449 0.649 0.000 131.152
32 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 38 27.475 0.675 0.026 131.028
33 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 19 27.633 0.833 0.158 130.279
34 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 13 27.687 0.887 0.054 130.025
35 66 united_states David Starr  Chevrolet 26 27.821 1.021 0.134 129.399
36 15 canada D.J. Kennington  Chevrolet 30 28.003 1.203 0.182 128.558
37 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 15 28.036 1.236 0.033 128.406
38 7 united_states Joey Gase  Chevrolet 23 28.103 1.303 0.067 128.100
39 00 united_states Derrike Cope  Chevrolet 25 28.577 1.777 0.474 125.975
40 51 united_states Kyle Weatherman  Chevrolet 16 29.135 2.335 0.558 123.563
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Phoenix II
Location ISM Raceway
Drivers Kevin Harvick
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report