Larson tops second Michigan practice; Bell makes first laps in Cup car

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Larson tops second Michigan practice; Bell makes first laps in Cup car
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Aug 12, 2017, 1:47 PM

Kyle Larson continued his domination at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske Ford
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

On Saturday, the No. 42 Ganassi Racing Chevy posted the top speed of 202.532mph in second practice for the Pure Michigan 400. Larson completed 21 laps during the 55-minute session.

Polesitter Brad Keselowski was second followed by Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

Five drivers posted Best 10 Consecutive Lap Averages with Kyle Busch leading the category with a speed of 199.966mph. Denny Hamlin (199.006mph) was second followed by Elliott, Kevin Harvick and Matt DiBenedetto.

In the first five minutes, Johnson was atop the speed chart with a lap of 201.681mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second followed by Elliott, Harvick and Logano. Hamlin attempted to practice pitting but NASCAR called him off — asking the team to wait until Happy Hour since the trucks were lined up on pit road for qualifying.

Eight minutes in, Kyle Busch shot up to second quick (201.376mph) followed by the Toyotas of Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones.

Thirty-two drivers posted times in the first 10 minutes — Brad Keselowski led practice with a single-lap speed of 201.981mph. Kyle Larson (201.867mph), Johnson (201.681mph), Earnhardt (201.511mph), Kyle Busch ( Truex, McMurray, Blaney, Kahne and Jones rounded out the top 10.

Clint Bowyer was 11th-quick followed Hamlin, Elliott, Harvick, Logano, Suarez, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth.

NASCAR released the 15-minute practice holds — Derrike Cope, Landon Cassill and AJ Allmendinger for being late to pre-qualifying inspection on Friday.

Kurt Busch jumped up to fifth-quick 18 minutes in with a lap of 201.376mph. Kyle Busch dropped to sixth followed by Truex, McMurray, Bowyer and Blaney.

“Arced it in everywhere and it’s not loose at all,” Kurt Busch said. “Trying to get a little more rotation in Turn 3 and it was hopeless.”

NASCAR officials summoned a Goodyear tire engineer to the Elliott’s garage stall after there was a bald spot discovered on the right front tire of the No. 24 car.

Just before the 25-minute mark, Blaney blasted up to second with a lap of 201.924mph. Larson dropped to third. Five minutes later, “Yung Money” moved to the top of the board with a lap of 202.492mph. Keselowski was second followed by Blaney, Elliott, Johnson, Earnhardt, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Truex and Jones.

Joe Gibbs Racing put Christopher Bell in the No. 11 Toyota at the 35-minute mark. The Camping World Truck Series standout is standing by for Hamlin this weekend — who is on baby watch. NASCAR wanted the rookie to get some seat time should he have to climb in the car. Following his 21-lap run, Bell’s best single-lap speed was 193.699mph.

Larson held the top spot at the 40-minute mark. Keselowski was second quick followed by Johnson, Blaney, Elliott, Earnhardt, Jones, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Truex.

With 10 minutes remaining, Larson improved his speed to 202.532mph. The top 10 remained the same.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 21 202.532     35.550
2 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 19 202.332     35.585
3 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 28 202.310     35.589
4 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 21 202.003     35.643
5 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 25 201.884     35.664
6 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 14 201.511     35.730
7 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 22 201.387     35.752
8 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 24 201.376     35.754
9 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 28 201.376   0.000 35.754
10 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 16 201.320     35.764
11 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 16 201.207     35.784
12 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 24 201.202     35.785
13 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 21 200.859     35.846
14 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 26 200.859   0.000 35.846
15 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 36 200.630     35.887
16 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 30 200.479     35.914
17 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 26 200.339     35.939
18 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 27 200.278     35.950
19 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 17 199.883     36.021
20 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 18 199.479     36.094
21 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 23 199.308     36.125
22 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 26 199.165     36.151
23 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 27 199.159     36.152
24 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 25 198.824     36.213
25 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 31 198.654     36.244
26 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 15 198.407     36.289
27 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 31 198.249     36.318
28 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 32 197.406     36.473
29 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 18 196.802     36.585
30 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 22 196.442     36.652
31 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 16 196.266     36.685
32 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 13 195.578     36.814
33 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 10 195.392     36.849
34 83 united_states Brett Moffitt  Toyota 18 195.297     36.867
35 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 21 195.006     36.922
36 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 20 191.566     37.585
37 55 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 11 190.804     37.735
38 15 united_states Derrike Cope  Chevrolet 14 189.245     38.046
39 51 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 4 188.363     38.224
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