Larson leads Saturday morning practice at Kansas

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Larson leads Saturday morning practice at Kansas
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Oct 21, 2017, 4:11 PM

Kyle Larson led second practice at Kansas Speedway on Saturday morning.

Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion
Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

After setting the pace off of the truck on Friday, Larson continued to show speed during the second session with a lap of 181.671mph in his second round.

Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top 10.

Harvick established the quick lap of 181.586mph after his first run, Daniel Suarez (181.513), Paul Menard (181.269), Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray and Chase Elliott rounded out the top 10.

Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kasey Kahne, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin and Ty Dillon completed the top 20.

NASCAR released the 15-minute practice holds — Derrike Cope, Landon Cassill and AJ Allmendinger.

Just before the 24-minute mark, Larson jumped to the top of the speed chart with a lap of 181.671mph. Thirty minutes in, Larson held P1 followed by Harvick, Suarez, Menard, Bowyer, Blaney, Buescher, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth (180.935mph) and McMurray.

With 15-minutes to go, the top 10 remained the same. Truex bumped up to 11th followed by Elliott, Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Earnhardt, Johnson, Stenhouse, Kahne, Jones and Hamlin. Michael McDowell’s 25 laps were the most completed at that point.

Harvick completed his third run with 10-minutes remaining in the session. He had the best average speed of 181.076mph after 20 laps and led the Best Consecutive Lap Average category with a speed of 180.768mph. Elliott was second (179.661mph) followed by Kyle Busch (179.316mph), McMurray (178.898mph) and Menard (178.722mph). 

Despite the speed Larson exhibited in the first two practice sessions, the No. 42 Chevy qualified 14th. He moved up a spot after Blaney’s time was disqualified.

“I was quite a bit tighter in qualifying than I was in practice,” Larson said. “The track had a little bit more rubber on it, so maybe we just didn’t keep up with the conditions. But, yeah, I’m disappointed in 14th after being so much faster than everybody in practice, but we’re okay. We’ll race good and hopefully be there at the end to try and get a win.”

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 27 29.724     181.671
2 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 20 29.738 0.014 0.014 181.586
3 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 25 29.750 0.026 0.012 181.513
4 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 28 29.790 0.066 0.040 181.269
5 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 18 29.805 0.081 0.015 181.178
6 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 20 29.828 0.104 0.023 181.038
7 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 30 29.837 0.113 0.009 180.983
8 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 27 29.844 0.120 0.007 180.941
9 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 24 29.845 0.121 0.001 180.935
10 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 16 29.847 0.123 0.002 180.923
11 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 37 29.863 0.139 0.016 180.826
12 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 32 29.869 0.145 0.006 180.789
13 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 25 29.891 0.167 0.022 180.656
14 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 32 29.895 0.171 0.004 180.632
15 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 27 29.922 0.198 0.027 180.469
16 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 22 29.961 0.237 0.039 180.234
17 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 24 29.997 0.273 0.036 180.018
18 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 25 30.009 0.285 0.012 179.946
19 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 19 30.026 0.302 0.017 179.844
20 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 23 30.054 0.330 0.028 179.677
21 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 31 30.086 0.362 0.032 179.485
22 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 25 30.106 0.382 0.020 179.366
23 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 30 30.110 0.386 0.004 179.342
24 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 29 30.115 0.391 0.005 179.313
25 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 19 30.116 0.392 0.001 179.307
26 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 15 30.117 0.393 0.001 179.301
27 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 23 30.139 0.415 0.022 179.170
28 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 23 30.151 0.427 0.012 179.099
29 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 23 30.166 0.442 0.015 179.009
30 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 17 30.182 0.458 0.016 178.915
31 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 19 30.394 0.670 0.212 177.667
32 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 14 30.461 0.737 0.067 177.276
33 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 15 30.484 0.760 0.023 177.142
34 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 18 30.892 1.168 0.408 174.803
35 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 17 31.001 1.277 0.109 174.188
36 83 united_states Brett Moffitt  Toyota 21 31.111 1.387 0.110 173.572
37 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 13 31.150 1.426 0.039 173.355
38 55 united_states Gray Gaulding  Toyota 25 31.482 1.758 0.332 171.527
39 51 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 8 31.670 1.946 0.188 170.508
40 00 united_states Derrike Cope  Chevrolet 8 32.645 2.921 0.975 165.416
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kansas II
Location Kansas Speedway
Drivers Kyle Larson
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report