Larson tops second practice at NHMS over Blaney and Truex

Kyle Larson topped the speed chart in single-lap runs during second practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday morning.

Larson completed 31 laps in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy with a fast lap of 132.586mph.

“I thought our car in race trim was really good,” said Larson, who rolls off second on Sunday in the ISM Connect 300. “We unloaded exactly how we race. We know we will be in the ballpark we just have to fine tune it a little bit, probably.”

Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, polesitter Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 10. Jimmie Johnson ran 11th followed by Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano.

Kahne led the second practice session in the first five minutes with a speed of 130.986mph. Erik Jones (132.008mph) topped the chart at the seven-minute mark after his first run. Ryan Blaney followed to second (131.925mph).

After the first 10 minutes, Jones held tight in first followed by Blaney, Kenseth (131.902mph), Johnson (131.760mph), Larson, Truex, Harvick, Boywer Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray. Eleven minutes in, Larson bumped Jones with a lap of 132.186mph. Keselowski joined the top 10 by the 12-minute mark. His lap of 131.697mph was fast enough for eighth — the same speed as Harvick.

Larson, Jones, Kyle Busch (131.961mph), Blaney, Kenseth, Johnson, Truex, Keselowski, Harvick and Clint Bowyer completed the top 10 after the first 15-minutes. Joey Logano (131.519mph) was 11th, followed by Kurt Busch, McMurray, Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kahne and Suarez.

Suarez climbed up to 3rd at the 20-minute mark, then bumped Jones for second on his 16th lap (132.044mph). Kyle Busch, Blaney, Kenseth, Johnson, Truex, Keselowski and Harvick rounded out the top 10. Just before the 24-minute mark, Kenseth vaulted to second-quick on his ninth lap (132.163mph).

Blaney bumped Larson for P1 with a lap of 132. 517mph on his 13th lap with Truex in tow (132.462mph) as 25-minutes expired in second practice. Larson regained the top spot on his 11th lap (132. 586mph) followed by Blaney, Truex, Kenseth, Hamlin, Suarez, Jones, Kyle Busch, Johnson and Keselowski.

Thirty minutes in, Larson remained P1 followed by Blaney — and six Toyotas — Truex, Kenseth, Hamlin, Suarez, Jones and Kyle Busch. Johnson ran ninth followed by Keselowski, Harvick, Bowyer, Joey Logano, McMurray, Kurt Busch, Kahne, Elliott, Newman, Earnhardt and AJ Allmendinger.

With 15-minutes remaining in the 55-minute session, Larson’s lap was still fastest and he had completed 24 laps. The only change in the top 10 was Kahne bumping Johnson for ninth (131.815mph). Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were the only drivers outside of the top 20 single laps speeds. Dillon’s best lap was 130.927mph (22nd). Stenhouse followed with a lap of 130.546mph (23rd).

In the final 10 minutes, McMurray moved up to 10th (131.770mph), Johnson dropped to 11th followed by Keselowski, Harvick, Bowyer and Logano. Kurt Busch, Elliott, Newman, Earnhardt and Allmendinger completed to the top 20 single-lap speeds.

Not surprisingly, Logano led the most laps (56) in the second — and his final practice session. He was 15th quick with a lap of 131.519mph. Logano didn’t clear inspection in time to qualify on Friday and will forfeit all 50-minutes of Happy Hour practice after failing inspection four times.

Truex led the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average category with a speed of 131.396mph followed by Johnson, Blaney, Kyle Busch, McMurray, Harvick, Logano, Suarez, Kenseth, Earnhardt, Elliott, Kurt Busch, Bowyer, Baney and Newman.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 31 28.727     132.586
2 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 28 28.742 0.015 0.015 132.517
3 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 32 28.745 0.018 0.003 132.503
4 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 34 28.819 0.092 0.074 132.163
5 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 32 28.839 0.112 0.020 132.071
6 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 42 28.845 0.118 0.006 132.044
7 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 31 28.853 0.126 0.008 132.007
8 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 25 28.863 0.136 0.010 131.961
9 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 40 28.895 0.168 0.032 131.815
10 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 41 28.905 0.178 0.010 131.770
11 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 45 28.907 0.180 0.002 131.760
12 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 20 28.921 0.194 0.014 131.697
13 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 24 28.921 0.194 0.000 131.697
14 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 30 28.945 0.218 0.024 131.587
15 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 56 28.960 0.233 0.015 131.519
16 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 46 28.961 0.234 0.001 131.515
17 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 44 28.986 0.259 0.025 131.401
18 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 33 29.020 0.293 0.034 131.247
19 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 39 29.043 0.316 0.023 131.143
20 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 30 29.051 0.324 0.008 131.107
21 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 31 29.087 0.360 0.036 130.945
22 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 44 29.091 0.364 0.004 130.927
23 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 29 29.176 0.449 0.085 130.546
24 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 21 29.191 0.464 0.015 130.479
25 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 28 29.213 0.486 0.022 130.380
26 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 33 29.216 0.489 0.003 130.367
27 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 29 29.244 0.517 0.028 130.242
28 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 44 29.255 0.528 0.011 130.193
29 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 34 29.325 0.598 0.070 129.882
30 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 30 29.391 0.664 0.066 129.591
31 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 27 29.441 0.714 0.050 129.371
32 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 28 29.448 0.721 0.007 129.340
33 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 25 29.500 0.773 0.052 129.112
34 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 47 29.523 0.796 0.023 129.011
35 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 23 29.604 0.877 0.081 128.658
36 83 united_states Brett Moffitt  Toyota 22 29.702 0.975 0.098 128.234
37 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 25 29.977 1.250 0.275 127.057
38 55 united_states Gray Gaulding  Toyota 18 30.024 1.297 0.047 126.859
39 51 united_states Cody Ware  Chevrolet 11 30.945 2.218 0.921 123.083
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Loudon II
Track New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Drivers Kyle Larson
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Article type Practice report