Larson tops opening Michigan Cup practice with 200mph lap

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Larson tops opening Michigan Cup practice with 200mph lap
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Jun 16, 2017, 4:34 PM

First practice ended up being the Kyle and Kyle show — again.

Initially, the Monster Energy Cup Series was chasing Martin Truex Jr. at Michigan International Speedway in first practice on Friday — but Kyle Larson was able to top the No. 78 car with less than 10 minutes left in the session.

Larson’s lap of 200.798mph was the first to join Truex in exceeding the 200-mile-per-hour mark. With five minutes to go, Kyle Busch joined the 200-plus club with a lap of 200.619mph for second quick in single-lap speeds.

With two minutes to go in the session, Landon Cassill wadded up the No. 34 Ford as he backed into the Turn 2 wall. Cassill was then evaluated and released from the Infield Care Center at MIS.

Joey Logano (200.479mph) was third followed by Truex, Johnson, McMurray, Elliott, Bowyer, Blaney and Harvick. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace’s 28 laps were the most completed during his second weekend in the Cup series.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. set the early pace with a lap of 197.325mph. At the 15-minute mark, Truex Jr. jumped to the top of the speed chart with a lap of 197.639mph. Five minutes later, Ryan Blaney’s lap of 197.395mph moved him up to second.

Kyle Busch was the next driver to top the chart after running 198.374mph 20 minutes into the session followed by Truex, Blaney, Earnhardt and Jamie McMurray (197.055mph). Clint Bowyer (196.996mph), Joey Logano (196.963mph), Kyle Larson (196.861mph), Kevin Harvick (196.623mph) and Jimmie Johnson (196.469mph) rounded out the top 10 single-lap speeds.

With an hour remaining in first practice, Wallace’s 15 laps were the most completed on the two-mile track. His top lap was 192.457mph.

Thirty minutes in, Harvick leapfrogged up to third-quick with a lap of 198.189mph. As teams switched over to race trim, Jimmie Johnson took the top spot (199.983mph). With 35 minutes to go,Truex topped the 200 mile-per-hour mark with a speed of 200.094mph in his fifth lap. Johnson held onto second followed by McMurray (199.463mph), Chase Elliott (199.291mph) and Kasey Kahne (198.906mph).

One hour into the 85-minute session, Truex’s lap held up for first followed by Johnson, Blaney (199.545mph) McMurray, Elliott, Earnhardt, Kahne, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski (109.385mph) and Harvick.

With 20-minutes to go, Larson moved up to ninth with a lap of 196.681mph.

“I can’t tell if the change hurt me in (turns) one and two or if I over-committed,” says Keselowski, who remained 10th on the speed chart.

Bowyer’s Q-run elevated him to third quick with a lap of 199.606mph with 15 minutes to go. Elliott jumped up to fourth (199.772mph) on his flyer run.

“I thought that was slightly better,” Elliott said.

Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were the only two drivers to qualify for 10 Consecutive Lap Averages. Busch’s 196.591mph run led the category. Hamlin’s speed was 194.626mph.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 15 35.857     200.798
2 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 20 35.889 0.032 0.032 200.619
3 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 23 35.914 0.057 0.025 200.479
4 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 9 35.983 0.126 0.069 200.094
5 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 13 36.003 0.146 0.020 199.983
6 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 14 36.005 0.148 0.002 199.972
7 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 21 36.041 0.184 0.036 199.772
8 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 13 36.071 0.214 0.030 199.606
9 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 16 36.082 0.225 0.011 199.545
10 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 16 36.083 0.226 0.001 199.540
11 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 20 36.124 0.267 0.041 199.313
12 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 22 36.143 0.286 0.019 199.209
13 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 17 36.153 0.296 0.010 199.154
14 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 20 36.198 0.341 0.045 198.906
15 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 13 36.322 0.465 0.124 198.227
16 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 15 36.340 0.483 0.018 198.129
17 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 17 36.409 0.552 0.069 197.753
18 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 13 36.589 0.732 0.180 196.780
19 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 17 36.682 0.825 0.093 196.282
20 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 19 36.698 0.841 0.016 196.196
21 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 15 36.781 0.924 0.083 195.753
22 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 15 36.783 0.926 0.002 195.743
23 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 16 36.794 0.937 0.011 195.684
24 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 16 36.842 0.985 0.048 195.429
25 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 15 36.862 1.005 0.020 195.323
26 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 19 36.903 1.046 0.041 195.106
27 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 19 36.963 1.106 0.060 194.789
28 23 united_states Ryan Sieg  Toyota 8 36.966 1.109 0.003 194.774
29 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 18 37.054 1.197 0.088 194.311
30 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 20 37.088 1.231 0.034 194.133
31 43 united_states Darrell Wallace Jr.  Ford 28 37.132 1.275 0.044 193.903
32 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 16 37.156 1.299 0.024 193.778
33 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 21 37.159 1.302 0.003 193.762
34 83 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 8 37.325 1.468 0.166 192.900
35 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 12 37.915 2.058 0.590 189.898
36 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 13 38.075 2.218 0.160 189.100
37 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 11 38.179 2.322 0.104 188.585
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