“P17; you’re making really good time,” Kyle Busch’s spotter Adam Stevens told Busch as he blasted through the field on his way to winning a third consecutive race in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
“Was that a two-fingered or a one-fingered salute,” Busch replied about his experience in traffic.
“The 42 dove-bombed us a little bit, but the 41’s the one that got us,” Jamie McMurray was told by his spotter.
But McMurray was still upset about an earlier incident when the two were racing for the free pass.
“Jamie’s trying to tear up our car now,” Kyle Larson said after getting run into by his teammate. “I got damage on my left side from him.”
Here are some of the other scanner highlights:
• “We got a penalty,” Rodney Childers told Kevin Harvick. “The wedge wrench went over the wall.”
• “Good, we’re coming from the back,” Harvick replied. “That’s what, three or four weeks in a row? I’m used to it.”
• “That 31’s fighting the hell out of the 78,” Childers reported.
• “I’m sorry about all that,” Larson said after missing pit road twice. “I braked later than I did there. Those two times, I just wheel hopped.”
• “That’s pathetic,” Aric Almirola said. “I don’t know how we can be that good for 200 laps and that bad after that.”
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Forty cars are entered for Sunday’s Geico 500 Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Joey Gase will be in the No. 00 car for StarCom Racing.
Brendan Gaughan is back in the No. 62 this weekend for Beard Motorsports.
Timothy Peters is set to make his Cup debut in the No. 92 for RBR Enterprises.
Cole Custer is listed in the No. 51 car for Rick Ware Racing but a team spokesperson told NBC Sports that Custer will not be driving the car.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won this race a year ago in overtime, beating Jamie McMurray and Kyle Busch.
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There are 41 cars entered for the Sparks Energy 300 Xfinity race.
The race is a Dash 4 Cash event, so no drivers who earn points in the Cup Series are permitted to race in this event.
Noah Gragson, who finished second in his series debut last weekend at Richmond, is back in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend.
Shane Lee, who finished 14th in his series debut two weeks ago at Bristol, is back in the No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing.
Aric Almirola won this race a year ago, finishing ahead of Elliott Sadler and Joey Logano.
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Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott will start on the front row for Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond Raceway.
Truex won his third pole of the season.
The top five is completed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.
Kyle Busch, who is trying to win a third consecutive race, qualified 32nd.
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Barely 30 minutes after the end of the first Cup practice, drivers and teams were back on track for Happy Hour.
Kyle Larson posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session with a 120.315 mph lap. This speed came during the middle of a long run on his 32nd of 54 laps around the track. Larson also had the quickest 10-lap average of 119.110 mph.
Coming off last week’s strong run at Bristol, Darrell Wallace Jr. (119.952 mph) was second on the speed chart.
Jamie McMurray (119.904), Clint Bowyer (119.904) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (119.893) rounded out the top five.
Denny Hamlin reported to FS1 that he had suspension problems and then laid down the second-quickest 10-lap average of 119.027 mph.
In a session largely devoid of incidents, Wallace and AJ Allmendinger made slight contact in the first 10 minutes when Wallace got loose. Neither car sustained substantial damage. Allmendinger posted the 10th-fastest lap of 119.601 mph.
Click here for full results from final practice.
Qualification will get underway at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Chase Elliott jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the final three minutes of the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 121.327 mph.
Kyle Larson landed second on the speed chart with a lap of 121.076 mph.
Martin Truex, Jr. (120.757 mph), Jamie McMurray (120.703) and Joey Logano (120.660) rounded out the top five.
Making his Cup debut, Daniel Hemric posted the 23rd fastest time of 119.121 mph.
Kevin Harvick had the quickest, 10-lap average of 119.652 mph.
Elliott was second quick at 119.516 mph
Alex Bowman posted the most laps in this practice session at 67. His fastest lap was 119.830 mph, which put him 15th on the leaderboard.
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Qualification takes place at 5:30 p.m. ET