Kurt Busch fastest in Sprint Cup happy hour at Martinsville

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Kurt Busch took a big step toward defending last year’s spring Sprint Cup race win at Martinsville by being the fastest in Saturday’s final practice session for Sunday’s STP 500.

Busch led all drivers with a top lap of 97.098 mph, followed by Jimmie Johnson (96.810), Jeff Gordon (96.726), Denny Hamlin (96.652) and Ryan Newman (96.597).

Kasey Kahne was sixth-fastest (96.568), followed by pole-sitter Joey Logano (96.460), points leader Kevin Harvick (96.455), Carl Edwards (96.450) and Greg Biffle (96.371).

Final Sprint Cup practice speeds:

1 Kurt Busch … 97.098 mph … 69 laps
2 Jimmie Johnson … 96.810 … 62 laps
3 Jeff Gordon … 96.726 … 65 laps
4 Denny Hamlin … 96.652 … 50 laps
5 Ryan Newman … 96.598 … 52 laps
6 Kasey Kahne … 96.568 … 71 laps
7 Joey Logano … 96.460 … 94 laps
8 Kevin Harvick … 96.455 … 81 laps
9 Carl Edwards … 96.450 … 62 laps
10 Greg Biffle … 96.371 … 44 laps
11 Matt Kenseth … 96.322 … 52 laps
12 Martin Truex Jr. … 96.288 … 39 laps
13 Danica Patrick … 96.244 … 50 laps
14 Casey Mears … 96.239 … 57 laps
15 Brad Keselowski … 96.195 … 65 laps
16 Josh Wise … 96.117 … 35 laps
17 AJ Allmendinger … 96.107 … 60 laps
18 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 96.102 … 67 laps
19 Tony Stewart … 96.000 … 65 laps
20 Aric Almirola … 95.951 … 56 laps
21 Kyle Larson … 95.947 … 67 laps
22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 95.932 … 37 laps
23 Sam Hornish Jr. … 95.922 … 39 laps
24 Austin Dillon … 95.922 … 53 laps
25 David Ragan … 95.879 … 69 laps
26 Paul Menard … 95.830 … 72 laps
27 Chase Elliott … 95.786 … 60 laps
28 Jamie McMurray … 95.782 … 60 laps
29 Brett Moffitt … 95.694 … 74 laps
30 Justin Allgaier … 95.569 … 61 laps
31 Landon Cassill … 95.559 … 41 laps
32 Alex Bowman … 95.525 … 42 laps
33 Trevor Bayne … 95.328 … 47 laps
34 Michael Annett … 95.295 … 56 laps
35 Clint Bowyer … 95.079 … 33 laps
36 David Gilliland … 95.070 … 53 laps
37 Mike Bliss … 95.046 … 46 laps
38 Jeb Burton … 94.865 … 26 laps
39 Chris Buescher … 94.856 … 54 laps
40 Cole Whitt … 94.742 … 31 laps
41 Matt DiBenedetto … 94.242 … 45 laps
42 Alex Kennedy … 94.055 … 41 laps
43 JJ Yeley … 93.943 … 38 laps

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:

1 Carl Edwards … 95.941 mph
2 Kurt Busch … 95.918
3 Denny Hamlin … 95.912
4 Jeff Gordon … 95.893
5 Kasey Kahne … 95.878
6 Joey Logano … 95.850
7 Kevin Harvick … 95.830
8 Matt Kenseth … 95.777
9 Ryan Newman … 95.752
10 Jimmie Johnson … 95.615

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