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Kevin Harvick tops first Sprint Cup practice at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Kevin Harvick was fastest in the first Sprint Cup practice session at Texas Motor Speedway, putting down a top speed of 196.685 mph.

Harvick is one of the eight drivers left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Filling out the top five was Carl Edwards (196.278), Matt Kenseth (195.929), Joey Logano (195.574) and Ryan Blaney (195.397).

The remaining four Chase drivers:

7th: Kurt Busch, 195.051 mph

15th: Denny Hamlin, 193.972 mph

22nd: Kyle Busch, 193.002 mph

33rd: Jimmie Johnson, 190.705 mph

The session was stopped about six minutes into the session when Kyle Busch slapped the wall exiting Turn 4. Busch, who is fourth on the Chase grid, went to a backup car and returned to the track about an hour into the session.

Click here for the full practice report.

NASCAR America: Is there cause for concern with Jimmie Johnson’s performance thus far?

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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?

NASCAR America: Mark Martin is definitely a Kyle Larson fan

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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.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson involved in minor fender bender while leaving Fontana

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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?

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s Fontana win shows continued maturing as a driver

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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.