Jimmie Johnson leads way in final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice

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Jimmie Johnson completed his sweep of both NASCAR Sprint Cup practice sessions Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon didn’t have as good of fortune.

Gordon, who was to have started on the pole, will go to the rear of the field Sunday after going to a backup car. He made the move after his primary car was damaged in the final moments of the session after Danica Patrick spun.

David Ragan, driving for the injured Kyle Busch, hit the Turn 2 wall late in the session and his Joe Gibbs Racing team rolled out a backup car.

1 – Jimmie Johnson … 187.637 mph … 47 laps

2 – Joey Logano … 186.916 … 33 laps

3 – Casey Mears … 196.458 … 28 laps

4 – Martin Truex Jr. … 186.438 … 27 laps

5 – Kevin Harvick … 186.342 … 42 laps

6 – Brian Vickers … 185.842 … 39 laps

7 – Matt Kenseth … 185.816 … 36 laps

8 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 185.765 … 32 laps

9 – Brad Keselowski … 185.605 … 44 laps

10 – Austin Dillon … 185.561 … 26 laps

11 – Clint Bowyer … 185.370 … 33 laps

12 – AJ Allmendinger … 185.338 … 32 laps

13 – Ryan Newman … 185.319 … 33 laps

14 – Jeff Gordon … 185.306 … 39 laps

15 – Kasey Kahne … 185.153 … 38 laps

16 – Denny Hamlin … 185.065 … 44 laps

17 – Kyle Larson … 185.046 … 43 laps

18 – Greg Biffle … 184.919 …35 laps

19 – Aric Almirola … 184.919 … 19 laps

20 – Tony Stewart … 184.628 … 40 laps

21 – Carl Edwards … 184.622 … 33 laps

22 – David Ragan … 184.281 … 30 laps

23 – Paul Menard … 184.168 … 35 laps

24 – Michael Annett … 184.005 … 22 laps

25 – Brian Scott … 183.711 … 44 laps

26 – Jamie McMurray … 183.418 … 36 laps

27 – Sam Hornish Jr. … 183.405 … 40 laps

28 – Ryan Blaney … 183.299 … 24 laps

29 – Alex Bowman … 183.175 … 22 laps

30 – Justin Allgaier … 183.138 … 25 laps

31 – Danica Patrick … 182.624 … 25 laps

32 – Regan Smith … 182.624 … 33 laps

33 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 182.100 … 24 laps

34 – David Gilliland … 182.094 … 16 laps

35 – Trevor Bayne … 182.082 … 28 laps

36 – Brett Moffitt … 181.178 … 27 laps

37 – Michael McDowell … 180.578 … 37 laps

38 – Jeb Burton … 179.916 … 16 laps

39 – Landon Cassill … 179.587 … 27 laps

40 – Cole Whitt … 179.533 … 14 laps

41 – JJ Yeley … 179.027 … 29 laps

42 – Josh Wise … 178.843 … 22 laps

43 – Brendan Gaughan … 176.974 … 18 laps

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

1 – Kyle Larson … 184.215

2 – Jimmie Johnson … 183.876

3 – Martin Truex Jr. … 183.835

4 – Kasey Kahne … 182.896

5 – Kevin Harvick … 182.621

6 – Tony Stewart … 182.365

7 – Jeff Gordon … 182.284

8 – Brian Vickers … 182.257

9 – AJ Allmendinger … 181.934

10 – Brian Scott … 181.847

11 – Denny Hamlin … 181.840

12 – Joey Logano … 181.838

13 – Matt Kenseth … 181.745

14 – Jamie McMurray … 180.781

15 – Regan Smith … 180.755

16 – Justin Allgaier .. 180.538

17 – Alex Bowman … 180.367

18 – Austin Dillon … 180.172

19 – Paul Menard … 179.938

20 – Brad Keselowski … 179.794

21 – Greg Biffle … 178.868

22 – Trevor Bayne … 178.184

23 – Danica Patrick … 178.174

24 – Brett Moffitt … 177.520

25 – Sam Hornish Jr. … 176.928

26 – Michael McDowell … 175.477

27 – Clint Bowyer … 175.297

NASCAR Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick still No. 1 after quiet Vegas

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Kevin Harvick didn’t have a flashy night Sunday in Las Vegas, but it didn’t keep him from retaining the No. 1 spot in this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings.

After winning the Bristol night race, Harvick finished in the top 10 in the first two stages in Vegas before placing 10th at race’s end.

Kurt Busch’s win at his home track vaulted him into the top 10 as 12 drivers received votes.

More: Playoff standings after Las Vegas

Here is this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings:

1. Kevin Harvick (Last week No. 1): In the last eight races he’s won three times and finished outside the top 10 only twice.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week No. 5): Placed fourth for his 11th top-five finish in the last 14 races.

3. Alex Bowman (Last week unranked): Finished fifth for his second top five and fifth top-10 finish in the last six races.

4. Denny Hamlin (Last week unranked): Left Vegas with a third-place finish to snap a three-race streak of finishing outside the top 10.

5. Kurt Busch (Last week unranked): Snapped a 46-race winless streak with his victory and advanced to the Round of 8.

6. Kyle Busch (Last week No. 3): Finished sixth after a “dismal” night. He has four consecutive top 10s.

7. Brad Keselowski (Last week No. 5): Finished 13th to give him two finishes outside the top 10 since he won at Richmond.

8. Chase Briscoe (Last week unranked): Opened the Xfinity playoffs with his second consecutive win.

8. Chase Elliott (Last week No. 2): Led 73 laps, but had to settle for a 22nd-place finish in Vegas.

8. Joey Logano (Last week No. 3): Finished 14th for his second straight finish outside the top 10.

Also receiving votes: Erik Jones and Chris Buescher.

NASCAR announces changes to Kansas playoff weekend

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Citing “programming changes,” NASCAR announced shifts in the race dates and start times for its visit next month to Kansas Speedway.

The Xfinity, ARCA and Truck Series races have been shifted, while the Cup race remains at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 18.

The biggest move is the Truck Series race shifting from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

Here are the changes.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. ETARCA Menards Series on FS1 or FS2; network TBD at a later date (previously at 10 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. ETTruck Series on FOX (previously Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET Xfinity on NBCSN (previously 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

 

Xfinity Series playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Chase Briscoe opened the Xfinity Series playoffs by earning his second consecutive win.

His victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives him 57 playoff points and an automatic spot in the Round of 8.

Harrison Burton holds the final transfer spot. He has a two-point advantage over Ross Chastain.

Behind Chastain below the cutline are Michael Annett (-10 points), Riley Herbst (-14) and Brandon Brown (-20).

Below is the full Xfinity Series playoff standings going into Saturday’s race at Talladega (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance. Drivers in yellow are in the remaining playoff spots.

Xfinity Series playoff standings

Cup playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Kurt Busch flipped the script on the Cup playoff standings with his win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He entered the Round of 12 as the last driver in the playoff standings, but is the first driver to clinch a spot in the Round of 8.

Replacing Busch in the bottom spot of the playoff standings is Austin Dillon. He is 32 points behind Alex Bowman, who holds the final cutoff spot.

Behind Bowman is Kyle Busch (-9 points), Clint Bowyer (-20), Aric Almirola (-27) and Dillon.

“Obviously, the 1 car (Kurt Busch) was not a car that we needed to win a race,” Clint Bowyer said after Sunday’s race. “It’s been a hell of a battle back there with cars that are kind of in the same wheelhouse as far as points-wise. (Kurt Busch) winning changes that landscape quite a bit, but we’re only 20 points out.”

Here is the full playoff standings entering Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance to the Round of 8. Drivers in yellow hold the remaining available playoff spots.

Cup playoff standings