Kyle Larson Fastest In Final Cup Series Practice

Kyle Larson
Amy Henderson/AR1

Kyle Larson led the pack in a last-minute practice addition Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a top lap speed of 173.305 MPH. Clint Bowyer was second and Kevin Harvick third. All three are already in the All-Star event tonight, which will feature a high-drag, low-horsepower aerodynamic package with restricted engines in an attempt to close up the pack during races. Rain washed out the scheduled Friday practices, and NASCAR opted to give drivers a chance to get acclimated to the cars, which they have not raced previously.

The fastest Open drivers were Aric Almirola (172.474 MPH), Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace, Jr., who were fourth, fifth and sixth overall, respectively. Kurt Busch was seventh, Alex Bowman eighth, Ryan Blaney ninth and Chase Elliott rounded out the top 10.

Other notables include seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson in 11th, point leader Kyle Busch in 12th and reigning Cup champ Martin Truex Jr. in 19th.

Lap times for the top 27 of the 38 cars that practiced were within a half-second of one another, with most teams practicing drafting in packs as the session wore on, something that this rules package allows for.

The Monster Energy Open is scheduled for 6:00 PM Eastern with the All-Star Race to follow at 8:00.

Amy Henderson reporting from Charlotte Motor Speedway

PRACTICE RESULTS

Pos # Driver Sponsor/Make Best Time Best Speed Best Lap Laps Fastest Next
1 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 31.159 173.305 2 62 —.— —.—
2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Fan Club Ford 31.168 173.255 3 39 -0.009 -0.009
3 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford 31.205 173.049 4 44 -0.046 -0.037
4 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield/Waffle House Ford 31.218 172.977 2 35 -0.059 -0.013
5 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 31.276 172.656 6 48 -0.117 -0.058
6 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. # World Wide Technology Chevrolet 31.309 172.474 6 45 -0.15 -0.033
7 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Ford 31.311 172.463 1 42 -0.152 -0.002
8 88 Alex Bowman Axalta Chevrolet 31.33 172.359 3 53 -0.171 -0.019
9 12 Ryan Blaney Hawk/Carlisle Ford 31.405 171.947 3 33 -0.246 -0.075
10 9 Chase Elliott SunEnergy1 Chevrolet 31.414 171.898 2 44 -0.255 -0.009
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 31.425 171.838 1 32 -0.266 -0.011
12 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Red Nose Day Toyota 31.43 171.81 3 53 -0.271 -0.005
13 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Ford 31.434 171.789 7 62 -0.275 -0.004
14 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar/Grainger Chevrolet 31.457 171.663 3 43 -0.298 -0.023
15 3 Austin Dillon Dow Chevrolet 31.49 171.483 2 44 -0.331 -0.033
16 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 31.505 171.401 17 49 -0.346 -0.015
17 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 31.51 171.374 5 73 -0.351 -0.005
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 31.517 171.336 2 51 -0.358 -0.007
19 78 Martin Truex Jr. 5-hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota 31.521 171.314 2 31 -0.362 -0.004
20 6 Matt Kenseth #DoYouKnowJack Ford 31.527 171.282 5 46 -0.368 -0.006
21 95 Kasey Kahne Dumont Jets Chevrolet 31.54 171.211 9 58 -0.381 -0.013
22 37 Chris Buescher Clorox Chevrolet 31.58 170.994 26 35 -0.421 -0.04
23 34 Michael McDowell Dockside Logistics Ford 31.583 170.978 5 49 -0.424 -0.003
24 20 Erik Jones Sport Clips Toyota 31.616 170.8 8 35 -0.457 -0.033
25 21 Paul Menard Menards/Knauf Ford 31.618 170.789 13 47 -0.459 -0.002
26 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Military Chevrolet 31.624 170.756 2 49 -0.465 -0.006
27 24 William Byron # Hertz Chevrolet 31.625 170.751 4 52 -0.466 -0.001
28 38 David Ragan MDS Trucking Ford 31.639 170.675 6 37 -0.48 -0.014
29 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops 31.677 170.471 4 38 -0.518 -0.038
30 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 31.759 170.031 14 46 -0.6 -0.082
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Zynga Poker Ford 31.818 169.715 19 30 -0.659 -0.059
32 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 32.152 167.952 3 25 -0.993 -0.334
33 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 32.394 166.698 8 29 -1.235 -0.242
34 0 Landon Cassill Dairi-O Chevrolet 32.504 166.133 6 34 -1.345 -0.11
35 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 32.741 164.931 4 4 -1.582 -0.237
36 51 BJ McLeod(i) Prefund Capital Chevrolet 32.819 164.539 5 17 -1.66 -0.078
37 15 Ross Chastain(i) Internetwork Engineering Chevrolet 32.839 164.439 1 1 -1.68 -0.02
38 66 Timmy Hill(i) Sentinel One Toyota 33.132 162.984 4 16 -1.973 -0.293

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