Kyle Larson was fastest in the final Sprint Cup practice Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
Larson covered the .526-mile paperclip short track, the oldest in the Sprint Cup Series, at a speed of 96.088 mph.
Tony Stewart was second-fastest (96.019 mph), followed by Paul Menard (95.845), David Ragan (95.781) and Kyle Busch (95.748).
The younger Busch brother was the fastest of the eight remaining Chase drivers. Other Chase drivers and their position and speed were: Joey Logano, eighth (95.622); Kevin Harvick, 10th (95.603); Kurt Busch, 12th (95.501); Matt Kenseth, 15th (95.468); Denny Hamlin, 16th (95.371); Jimmie Johnson, 20th (95.261) and Carl Edwards, 27th (95.013).
The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 will be held Sunday at 12:30 pm ET. The race will be the first of the three-race “Round of 8” semifinals of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.