Harvick and Earnhardt Jr. lead Saturday morning practice at Dover

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Harvick and Earnhardt Jr. lead Saturday morning practice at Dover
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Sep 30, 2017, 3:39 PM

Kevin Harvick posted the fastest single-lap speed of 156.535mph (22.998-seconds) in second practice at Dover International Speedway on Saturday for the Apache Warrior 400.

Ryan Blaney, Wood Brothers Racing, Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

“We have a good Busch Ford Fusion,” said Harvick, who rolls off ninth on Sunday — the top Ford. “The car has been good. It was good in race trim and good in qualifying trim. Hopefully we can have a good day on Sunday.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second quick followed by Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10 quick laps.

Newman set the early pace in second practice with a lap o 155.871mph followed by Kasey Kahne, David Ragan, Matt Kenseth, Austin Dillon, Michael McDowell, Matt DiBenedetto, Corey LaJoie, Cole Whitt and Jeffrey Earnhardt.

In the first five minutes, Newman remained on top and improved his best lap to 155.932mph after three circuits. Kahne was second (155.608mph), Ragan, Kenseth, Logano (155.306mph), Hamlin (155.132mph), Almirola, Erik Jones and Danica Patrick.

The Stewart-Haas Racing duo of Kevin Harvick (156.535mph) and Kurt Busch (156.352mph) bumped Newman along with Earnhardt — who took-over P2 with a lap of 156.413mph. McMurray vaulted to fourth followed by Jones (156.121mph), Larson, Blaney, Suarez, Newman and Chase Elliott after the first 10 minutes.

Thirty-three drivers had completed laps when NASCAR released the 15-minute practice holds that included — Landon Cassill, Reed Sorenson and Brett Moffitt — for being late to qualifying inspection at Dover. Ross Chastain and BJ McLeod remained on pit road.

Jimmie Johnson sat out the first 19 minutes of practice before making his first lap. He posted the 20th fastest lap on his second lap — 155.086mph. Harvick remained atop the speed chart followed by Earnhardt, Kurt Busch, McMurray, Jones, Larson, Elliott, Blaney, Suarez and Newman.

After the first 25 minutes, 38 drivers had completed laps. The top 10 remained the same with Bowyer running 11th followed by Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Kahne, Keselowski, Ragan, Kenseth, Logano, Stenhouse and Johnson. Other playoff contenders included Martin Truex Jr., who was 23rd-quick after two laps and Austin Dillon, who was 25th.

Thirty-minutes into the 55-minute session, there were no changes to the top 10. With 15-minutes to go, Earnhardt’s 31 laps were the most completed and all 40 drivers had completed at least one run. Johnson had moved up to 19th quick with a top single-lap speed of 155.273mph. Truex fastest lap was 155.132mph — P21.

Nineteen drivers participated in Best 10 Consecutive Lap Averages with Kyle Busch taking the top spot with a run of 155.165 mph followed by McMurray (154.860mph), Bowyer (154.726mph), Kurt Busch (153.384mph), Kahne (153.202mph), Keselowski (153.076mph), Hamlin (152.940mph), Harvick (152.927mph), Suarez (152.783mph) and Stenhouse (152.671mph).

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 31 22.998     156.535
2 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 45 23.016 0.018 0.018 156.413
3 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 47 23.025 0.027 0.009 156.352
4 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 57 23.055 0.057 0.030 156.148
5 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 18 23.059 0.061 0.004 156.121
6 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 24 23.064 0.066 0.005 156.087
7 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 38 23.069 0.071 0.005 156.054
8 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 38 23.071 0.073 0.002 156.040
9 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 45 23.074 0.076 0.003 156.020
10 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 40 23.087 0.089 0.013 155.932
11 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 38 23.102 0.104 0.015 155.831
12 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 36 23.116 0.118 0.014 155.736
13 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 45 23.118 0.120 0.002 155.723
14 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 34 23.132 0.134 0.014 155.629
15 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 40 23.134 0.136 0.002 155.615
16 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 58 23.156 0.158 0.022 155.467
17 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 36 23.165 0.167 0.009 155.407
18 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 35 23.180 0.182 0.015 155.306
19 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 35 23.185 0.187 0.005 155.273
20 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 40 23.202 0.204 0.017 155.159
21 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 17 23.206 0.208 0.004 155.132
22 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 24 23.226 0.228 0.020 154.999
23 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 24 23.284 0.286 0.058 154.613
24 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 25 23.289 0.291 0.005 154.579
25 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 32 23.306 0.308 0.017 154.467
26 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 47 23.325 0.327 0.019 154.341
27 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 38 23.336 0.338 0.011 154.268
28 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 23 23.364 0.366 0.028 154.083
29 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 30 23.402 0.404 0.038 153.833
30 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 26 23.410 0.412 0.008 153.780
31 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 31 23.411 0.413 0.001 153.774
32 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 22 23.731 0.733 0.320 151.700
33 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 23 23.812 0.814 0.081 151.184
34 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 16 23.877 0.879 0.065 150.773
35 15 united_states Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 18 23.895 0.897 0.018 150.659
36 55 united_states Reed Sorenson  Toyota 17 23.912 0.914 0.017 150.552
37 83 united_states Brett Moffitt  Toyota 29 24.060 1.062 0.148 149.626
38 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 32 24.159 1.161 0.099 149.013
39 66 united_states Timmy Hill  Chevrolet 5 24.430 1.432 0.271 147.360
40 51 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 8 24.795 1.797 0.365 145.191
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Dover II
Location Dover International Speedway
Drivers Kevin Harvick
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report