Kyle Busch spins, goes quickest in final practice at Darlington

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Kyle Busch spins, goes quickest in final practice at Darlington
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Sep 1, 2017, 9:06 PM

Kyle Busch spun — but still won Happy Hour at Darlington Raceway on Friday.

Busch’s single-lap speed of 173.320mph led the 85-minute session but it wasn’t drama-free for the former winner at the Track Too Tough to Tame.

Just before the 30-minute mark, Busch lost control of the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota on a qualifying run. But Busch recovered nicely.

Kevin Harvick was second followed by Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne and Daniel Suarez.

Joey Logano’s 59-laps run were the most of the session.

Keselowski topped the speed chart in the first 15 minutes with a speed of 172.614mph after one lap. Daniel Suarez was second (172.215mph) followed by Hamlin (171.584mph), Kurt Busch (171.530mph), Blaney (171.518mph), Bowyer (171.029mph), Truex (170.916mph), Earnhardt (170.456mph), Elliott (170.365mph) and McMurray (170.285mph).

NASCAR released Erik Jones, who had a 15-minute practice hold for failing pre-race inspection twice. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch also escaped timeout. Both cars failed pre-qualifying inspection at Bristol.

Moments later, Danica Patrick jumped up to ninth with a lap of 170.407mph after three laps.

At the 29-minute mark, Kyle Busch spun off of Turn 4 working his fourth lap. He kept the car off the wall. He was 20th on the speed chart with a quick-lap of 168.955mph.

Practice resumed with 31 minutes expired in the final practice session. Keselowski held onto the top spot after the first 30 minutes. McMurray dropped to 11th followed by Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Trevor Bayne.

David Ragan was released from his 30-minute practice hold. The No. 38 car failed pre-race inspection three times. Larson also joined practice after the No. 42 team failed pre-qualifying inspection three times at Bristol.

Hamlin bumped Keselowski with a lap of 172.632mph on his third lap. McMurray also moved up the chart to third with a lap of 172.594mph.

Kahne vaulted up to fourth on a qualifying run 50 minutes in. Larson slapped the wall and received damage to his right rear quarter-panel. 

Kyle Busch held the top speed (173.320mph) at the one-hour mark followed Harvick, McMurray, Hamlin, Keselowski, Blaney, Austin Dillon, Kahne, Suarez and Matt Kenseth.

Ten minutes later, Bayne slapped the wall coming off of Turn 4 on his 15th lap. He was 21st on the speed chart. Truex jumped up to fourth-quick with a lap of 172.729mph.

Here's video of Busch making contact with the wall:

 

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 21 28.373     173.320
2 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 26 28.414 0.041 0.041 173.070
3 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 28 28.427 0.054 0.013 172.990
4 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 24 28.470 0.097 0.043 172.729
5 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 35 28.486 0.113 0.016 172.632
6 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 34 28.489 0.116 0.003 172.614
7 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 21 28.520 0.147 0.031 172.426
8 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 18 28.545 0.172 0.025 172.275
9 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 25 28.546 0.173 0.001 172.269
10 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 34 28.555 0.182 0.009 172.215
11 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 39 28.609 0.236 0.054 171.890
12 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 31 28.631 0.258 0.022 171.758
13 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 27 28.651 0.278 0.020 171.638
14 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 37 28.669 0.296 0.018 171.530
15 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 23 28.706 0.333 0.037 171.309
16 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 34 28.717 0.344 0.011 171.244
17 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 41 28.753 0.380 0.036 171.029
18 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 20 28.755 0.382 0.002 171.017
19 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 41 28.784 0.411 0.029 170.845
20 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 54 28.846 0.473 0.062 170.478
21 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 21 28.852 0.479 0.006 170.442
22 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 32 28.858 0.485 0.006 170.407
23 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 49 28.881 0.508 0.023 170.271
24 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 59 28.907 0.534 0.026 170.118
25 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 15 28.933 0.560 0.026 169.965
26 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 39 28.936 0.563 0.003 169.947
27 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 33 28.940 0.567 0.004 169.924
28 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 43 29.021 0.648 0.081 169.450
29 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 40 29.074 0.701 0.053 169.141
30 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 20 29.090 0.717 0.016 169.048
31 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 36 29.236 0.863 0.146 168.204
32 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 21 29.309 0.936 0.073 167.785
33 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 45 29.551 1.178 0.242 166.411
34 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 39 29.588 1.215 0.037 166.203
35 83 united_states Gray Gaulding  Toyota 22 29.631 1.258 0.043 165.961
36 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 27 29.958 1.585 0.327 164.150
37 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 18 30.050 1.677 0.092 163.647
38 51 united_states Cody Ware  Chevrolet 11 30.618 2.245 0.568 160.611
39 55 united_states Derrike Cope  Toyota 9 30.704 2.331 0.086 160.162
40 66 united_states Carl Long  Chevrolet 6 30.835 2.462 0.131 159.481
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Darlington
Location Darlington Raceway
Drivers Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report