Kurt Busch fastest in Sprint Cup’s first Auto Club practice session

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For the second straight week, Kurt Busch led the first Sprint Cup practice session, this time at Auto Club Speedway.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver took the spot with a speed of 186.741 mph.

He was followed by Denny Hamlin at 185.385 mph and Martin Truex Jr. at 185.385 mph.

Brett Moffitt, substituting for Brian Vickers in the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, finished 27th on the speed chart at 181.548 mph. Chris Buescher, Moffitt’s replacement driver in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, came in at 29th with a speed of 181.310 mph. His eight laps were the first he’s ever taken at Auto Club Speedway.

While Carl Edwards finished the session in 11th at 183.814 mph, the Joe Gibbs driver will go to a backup car after his No. 19 Toyota hit the frontstretch wall late in the session.

The red flag came out a few minutes into the session after Greg Biffle hit the outside wall coming out of Turn 4. Biffle finished the session 26th fastest at 181.892 mph.

1. Kurt Busch … 186.741 … 8 laps
2. Denny Hamlin … 185.385 … 5 laps
3. Martin Truex Jr. … 185.180 … 9 laps
4. Brad Keselowski. … 185.019 … 13 laps
5. Jimmie Johnson. … 185.000 … 7 laps
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 184.871 … 17 laps
7. Ryan Newman … 184.767 … 15 laps
8. David Ragan … 184.379 … 15 laps
9. Jeff Gordon … 184.280 … 22 laps
10. Danica Patrick … 184.058 … 12 laps
11. Carl Edwards … 183.814 … 9 laps
12. Kevin Harvick … 183.645 … 6 laps
13. Austin Dillon … 183.538 … 12 laps
14. Matt Kenseth … 183.486 … 9 laps
15. Kasey Kahne … 183.369 … 13 laps
16. Joey Logano … 183.253 … 12 laps
17. Jamie McMurray … 183.211 … 14 laps
18. AJ Allmendinger … 183.155 … 10 laps
19. Kyle Larson … 183.006 … 11 laps
20. Alex Bowman … 182.997 … 3 laps
21. Aric Almirola … 182.871 … 7 laps
22. Clint Bowyer … 182.857 … 10 laps
23. Tony Stewart … 182.514 … 11 laps
24. Brian Scott … 182.436 … 8 laps
25. Paul Menard … 182.380 … 12 laps
26. Greg Biffle … 181.892 … 6 laps
27. Brett Moffitt … 181.548 … 14 laps
28. Justin Allgaier … 181.420 … 12 laps
29. Chris Buescher … 181.310 … 8 laps
30. Casey Mears … 181.219 … 12 laps
31. Michael Annett … 180.800 … 14 laps
32. Sam Hornish Jr. … 180.777 … 8 laps
33. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 180.786 … 7 laps
34. Cole Whitt … 180.628 … 7 laps
35. Trevor Bayne … 179.847 … 7 laps
36. Jeb Burton … 179.641 … 11 laps
37. Josh Wise … 179.574 … 3 laps
38. Landon Cassill … 179.439 … 7 laps
39. Mike Bliss … 178.753 … 9 laps
40.David Gilliland … 178.713 … 8 laps
41. JJ Yeley … 178.625 … 7 laps
42. Reed Sorenson … 178.540 … 13 laps
43. Travis Kvapil … 177.940 … 9 laps

44. Matt DiBenedetto … 175.174 … 4 laps

45. Brendan Gaughan … 174.571 … 6 laps