Kasey Kahne squeezes past Dale Earnhardt Jr. for fastest in Friday Sprint Cup practice at Bristol

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Kasey Kahne nipped Dale Earnhardt Jr. for bragging rights of being the fastest in the lone Sprint Cup practice session Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kahne’s best lap was 128.168 mph, while Earnhardt went 128.159 mph.

Qualifying will take place at 4:45 pm ET today.

There will be two more practice sessions for the Cup drivers on Saturday at the .533-mile bullring. The Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes will take place Sunday at 1 pm ET.

Here’s how Friday’s practice session played out:

1 Kasey Kahne … 128.168 mph … 38 laps

2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 128.159 … 52 laps

3 Brad Keselowski … 127.971 … 41 laps

4 Carl Edwards … 127.554 … 36 laps

5 David Ragan … 127.546 … 44 laps

6 Justin Allgaier … 127.503 … 43 laps

7 Joey Logano … 127.495 … 33 laps

8 Ryan Newman … 127.495 … 45 laps

9 Jamie McMurray … 127.410 … 33 laps

10 Austin Dillon … 127.385 … 46 laps

11 Michael McDowell … 127.385 … 27 laps

12 Kevin Harvick … 127.292 … 29 laps

13 Jeff Gordon … 127.165 … 33 laps

14 Kyle Larson … 127.031 … 45 laps

15 Matt Kenseth … 126.980 … 42 laps

16 Kurt Busch … 126.938 … 29 laps

17 Greg Biffle … 128.829 … 35 laps

18 Paul Menard … 126.745 … 51 laps

19 AJ Allmendinger … 126.695 … 38 laps

20 Landon Cassill … 126.695 … 43 laps

21 Martin Truex Jr. … 126.537 … 36 laps

22 Denny Hamlin … 126.537 … 30 laps

23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 126.528 … 34 laps

24 Alex Bowman … 126.478 … 21 laps

25 Clint Bowyer … 126.395 … 27 laps

26 Brett Moffitt … 126.303 … 57 laps

27 Michael Annett … 126.278 … 60 laps

28 Jeb Burton … 126.270 … 36 laps

29 Aric Almirola … 126.121 … 38 laps

30 Josh Wise … 126.088 … 19 laps

31 Matt DiBenedetto … 126.030 … 14 laps

32 David Gilliland … 125.922 … 38 laps

33 Jimmie Johnson … 125.889 … 20 laps

34 Sam Hornish Jr. … 125.881 … 41 laps

35 Tony Stewart … 125.650 … 65 laps

36 Casey Mears … 125.559 … 47 laps

37 Trevor Bayne … 125.412 … 34 laps

38 Danica Patrick … 125.363 … 53 laps

39 Chris Buescher … 125.264 … 41 laps

40 Mike Bliss … 124.768 … 22 laps

41 Cole Whitt … 124.703 … 24 laps

42 JJ Yeley … 124.210 … 24 laps

43 Ron Hornaday Jr. … 123.698 … 23 laps

44 Alex Kennedy … 123.650 … 59 laps

45 Brendan Gaughan … 122.835 … 17 laps


Best 10 Consecutive Laps

1 Brad Keselowski … 123.670 mph

2 Kyle Larson … 123.243

3 Justin Allgaier … 123.107

4 Aric Almirola … 123.040

5 Paul Menard … 122.879

6 David Ragan … 122.801

7 Brett Moffitt … 122.555

8 Jeff Gordon … 122.536

9 Austin Dillon … 122.471

10 David Gilliland … 122.197

11 Jamie McMurray … 121.994

12 Kasey Kahne … 121.906

13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 121.861

14 Michael Annett … 121.641

15 Tony Stewart … 121.318

16 Trevor Bayne … 120.825

17 Alex Kennedy … 119.708

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Updated entry lists for Cup, Truck at Martinsville

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Here are the entry lists for this weekend’s races.

Cup – STP 500 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox Sports 1)

Thirty-six cars are entered for the sixth Cup race of the year. D.J. Kennington is listed in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports entry.

Jeb Burton is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 52 Ford.

Click here for the entry list.

Gander Outdoors Truck – Martinsville 250 (2 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1)

Thirty-nine trucks are entered. Those also entered in the Cup race are Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon and Ross Chastain. Bubba Wallace is entered in AM Racing’s No. 22 truck.

Click here for the entry list.

NASCAR America Motormouths at 5 p.m. ET with Bubba Wallace

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America presents Motormouths airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Rutledge Wood hosts with Kyle Petty and they’ll be joined by special guest Bubba Wallace.

Fans will have the chance to call into the show to ask questions.

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, watch it online at http:/nascarstream.nbcsports.com. If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

Indy 500 analyst role part of looking forward for Danica Patrick

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It’s been 10 months since Danica Patrick last competed in an auto racing event and she is completely fine with that.

Patrick was last seen in a cockpit in last May’s Indianapolis 500, part of her mini-retirement tour from racing that also included a run in the Daytona 500.

Now she’ll be back at the track, serving as an analyst for NBC’s broadcast of the 103rd Indy 500 on May 26.

It will be an interlude to her post-racing career.

“I really don’t miss racing,” Patrick said during a teleconference Wednesday.  “I’m really happy. I selfishly set out (with) the intention I wanted to travel a lot. I’ve definitely done that. Also working on my other businesses.”

Without racing, Patrick is able to look over her “Warrior” clothing line and her Somnium wine. She’s also been a host of ESPN’s Espy Awards show.

“I’m not a look-back kind of person, I’m a look-forward (person),” Patrick said. “This is something that’s part of looking forward. This is something totally new and different for me. It’s coming at a place where I have a lot of history, but it hasn’t been my job, which is why I’m going to work really hard to make sure I’m ready, like anything else I do that’s different.

Since retiring, Patrick said she watches racing “when I can.”

“I’m not going to lie, I’m happy doing what I’m doing,” Patrick said. “It’s allowed me new opportunities like this.”

This won’t be the first time Patrick has served in an analyst role for a race. She did the same for some Xfinity Series race broadcasts in the last few years of her NASCAR career.

“It’s very good to have had that experience,” Patrick said. “Obviously I was giving my driving experience sort of perspective and that insight, which is something I’m going to be doing again. But it was a guest spot.

“This is firm and established, part of a small team of two with Mike (Tirico) and I. I think there’s going to be a lot more preparation involved, I’m going to need to know a lot more information.”

Patrick said there will be one difference in her Indy 500 experience this year compared to the eight times she competed in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I didn’t purposely look at the buildup of the day,” Patrick said. “I didn’t want to see the fans rolling in, all the pomp and circumstance. I really liked to keep it quiet. I wanted to just walk out there and have it be the event, not let myself get built up too much in my head with nerves, just the platform, the iconic event that it was, the millions of people. I just wanted to stay focused and go do it.

“This time, I’m sure I will see the buildup. I’m sure I’ll see the place fill in and turn from a quiet, peaceful, magical place, (and) at the shot of a cannon it’s going to start unraveling. That will be a cool perspective for me that I purposely haven’t really watched closely.”

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Bubba Wallace entered in Truck race at Martinsville

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AM Racing announced Wednesday that Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 22 entry in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

AM Racing tweeted: “In an effort to advance the performance component of our program, we will be putting a different Chevrolet driver in the seat of the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for Martinsville Speedway this weekend.”

AM Racing stated that Wallace “has been selected with very specific objectives regarding program feedback and development. His record at the track speaks for itself.”

Wallace, who will be on Wednesday’s NASCAR America (5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN), has two wins in four starts in the Truck series at Martinsville. He won there in 2013 and in 2014. Both times he won driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Austin Wayne Self had driven the No. 22 entry in the first three Truck races of the season. He finished ninth at Daytona and followed that with a 27th-place finish at Atlanta and a 15th-place finish in Las Vegas. He is 12th in the points.