Kurt Busch stays on a hot roll: fastest in Saturday morning Sprint Cup practice in Fontana

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Kurt Busch’s hot weekend continued in the first of two practice sessions Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway.

Busch, who will start from the pole in Sunday’s Auto Club 400, covered the two-mile fast track in Fontana, Calif., with a best lap of 187.115 mph.

Busch’s Chevrolet was practically in another zip code, nearly 3 mph faster than Jimmie Johnson, whose Chevy was second fastest at 184.247 mph. David Ragan was third at 184.237 mph in a Toyota.

There will be one more Sprint Cup practice this afternoon.

Here’s the speed chart from Saturday morning’s practice:

1 Kurt Busch … 187.115 mph … 33 laps
2 Jimmie Johnson … 184.247 … 39 laps
3 David Ragan … 184.237 … 27 laps
4 Ryan Newman … 183.969 … 30 laps
5 Brian Scott … 183.960 … 23 laps
6 Martin Truex Jr. … 183.814 … 29 laps
7 Brad Keselowski … 183.594 … 35 laps
8 AJ Allmendinger … 183.510 … 31 laps
9 Kevin Harvick … 183.416 … 14 laps
10 Casey Mears … 183.351 … 22 laps
11 Kyle Larson … 183.351 … 30 laps
12 Kasey Kahne … 183.187 … 30 laps
13 Tony Stewart … 183.080 … 36 laps
14 Joey Logano … 182.801 … 32 laps
15 Clint Bowyer … 182.648 … 25 laps
16 Denny Hamlin … 182.639 … 38 laps
17 Greg Biffle … 182.560 … 25 laps
18 Matt Kenseth … 182.551 … 32 laps
19 Jeff Gordon … 182.223 … 38 laps
20 Carl Edwards … 181.997 … 24 laps
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 181.974 … 26 laps
22 Jamie McMurray … 181.846 … 46 laps
23 Paul Menard … 181.639 … 27 laps
24 Aric Almirola … 181.484 … 27 laps
25 Danica Patrick … 181.337 … 26 laps
26 Auston Dillon … 181.328 … 37 laps
27 Justin Allgaier … 181.255 … 25 laps
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 180.895 … 21 laps
29 Brett Moffitt … 180.623 … 24 laps
30 Trevor Bayne … 180.027 … 17 laps
31 Chris Buescher … 179.462 … 27 laps
32 Alex Bowman … 179.310 … 19 laps
33 Landon Cassill … 178.727 … 19 laps
34 Sam Hornish Jr. … 178.700 … 23 laps
35 Cole Whitt … 178.169 … 13 laps
36 Michael Annett … 178.002 … 18 laps
37 Josh Wise … 177.839 … 11 laps
38 Matt DiBenedetto … 177.349 … 25 laps
39 JJ Yeley … 176.800 … 20 laps
40 David Gilliland … 176.574 … 9 laps
41 Mike Bliss … 176.164 … 15 laps
42 Jeb Burton … 175.708 … 17 laps
43 Brendan Gaughan … 174.419 … 9 laps

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