Kurt Busch fastest in first of 2 Sprint Cup practices at Phoenix

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A Stewart-Haas Racing driver led the first of two Saturday morning Sprint Cup practice sessions – but it wasn’t Kevin Harvick.

Rather, Kurt Busch, who missed the first three races of the season after being suspended by NASCAR, was fastest at 136.768 mph. Harvick was third-fastest at 136.199 mph. Brad Keselowski was second at 136.379 mph.

The final Sprint Cup practice session will be from 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm ET.

Here’s how the practice session played out:

1. Kurt Busch … 136.768 mph … 41 laps
2. Brad Keselowski … 136.379 … 35 laps
3. Kevin Harvick … 136.199 … 29 laps
4. Jamie McMurray … 136.101 … 46 laps
5. Kasey Kahne … 136.075 … 33 laps
6. Martin Truex Jr. … 135.967 … 37 laps
7. Joey Logano … 135.952 … 34 laps
8. Kyle Larson … 135.900 … 52 laps
9. Paul Menard … 135.834 … 42 laps
10. Ryan Newman … 135.808 … 31 laps
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 135.803 … 35 laps
12. Denny Hamlin … 135.803 … 32 laps
13. Carl Edwards … 135.803 … 35 laps
14. Matt Kenseth … 135.762 … 37 laps
15. Clint Bowyer … 135.762 … 38 laps
16. Brian Vickers … 135.690 … 35 laps
17. David Ragan … 135.583 … 52 laps
18. Jeff Gordon … 135.471 … 45 laps
19. Aric Almirola … 135.201 … 34 laps
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 135.181 … 30 laps
21. Casey Mears … 135.176 … 37 laps
22. Danica Patrick … 135.105 … 37 laps
23. Greg Biffle … 135.074 … 28 laps
24. Jimmie Johnson … 135.054 … 29 laps
25. AJ Allmendinger … 135.008 … 17 laps
26. Tony Stewart … 134.816 … 38 laps
27. Sam Hornish Jr. … 134.806 … 33 laps
28. David Gilliland … 134.665 … 25 laps
29. Austin Dillon … 134.640 … 38 laps
30. Trevor Bayne … 134.519 … 30 laps
31. Alex Bowman … 134.078 … 25 laps
32. Josh Wise … 134.058 … 26 laps
33. Justin Allgaier … 134.043 … 40 laps
34. Landon Cassill … 133.953. … 24 laps
35. Cole Whitt … 133.774 … 22 laps
36. Michael Annett … 133.462 … 28 laps
37. Brett Moffitt … 133.462 … 30 laps
38. Matt DiBenedetto … 133.121 … 21 laps
39. Mike Bliss … 132.925 … 24 laps
40. JJ Yeley … 132.846 … 35 laps
41. Alex Kennedy … 132.802 … 38 laps
42. Jeb Burton … 132.314 … 20 laps
43. Brendan Gaughan … 130.124 … 15 laps

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