Kasey Kahne fastest in first of 2 Saturday Sprint Cup practices at Bristol

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Kasey Kahne made it two in a row, leading Saturday morning’s first Sprint Cup practice at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kahne covered the half-mile bullring with a field-best speed of 128.829 mph. He was also fastest in Friday’s solo practice session.

Kahne goes for a practice trifecta with Happy Hour scheduled at 11:30 am to 12:25 pm ET.

Kevin Harvick was second-fastest in Saturday’s practice at 126.395 mph. Also over 126 mph was Joey Logano (126.137) and Kurt Busch (126.088).

The session saw two mishaps.

First was Tony Stewart hitting the wall. The damage was moderate, but his team believed it could repair it instead of going to a back-up car.

Second was a wreck between former teammates Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards. Stenhouse had minor front end damage, while Edwards had minor rear end damage.

Here’s how Saturday’s first of two practices shaped up:

1 Kasey Kahne … 126.829 mph … 65 laps

2 Kevin Harvick … 126.395 … 60 laps

3 Joey Logano … 126.137 … 66 laps

4 Kurt Busch … 126.088 … 78 laps

5 Denny Hamlin … 125.996 … 63 laps

6 Paul Menard … 125.980 … 63 laps

7 Carl Edwards … 125.889 … 50 laps

8 Martin Truex Jr. … 125.782 … 38 laps

9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 125.666 … 64 laps

10 Jimmie Johnson … 125.609 … 88 laps

11 Jamie McMurray … 125.584 … 106 laps

12 Brett Moffitt … 125.527 … 83 laps

13 Casey Mears … 125.346 … 69 laps

14 David Ragan … 125.313 … 65 laps

15 Jeff Gordon … 125.256 … 67 laps

16 AJ Allmendinger … 125.256 … 68 laps

17 Sam Hornish … 125.158 … 58 laps

18 Brad Keselowski … 125.109 … 51 laps

19 Matt Kenseth … 125.109 … 61 laps

20 Ryan Newman … 124.930 … 58 laps

21 Aric Almirola … 124.914 … 57 laps

22 Justin Allgaier … 124.865 … 69 laps

23 Kyle Larson … 124.800 … 84 laps

24 Tony Stewart … 124.759 … 56 laps

25 Austin Dillon … 124.533 … 74 laps

26 Jeb Burton … 124.484 … 58 laps

27 Clint Bowyer … 124.379 … 59 laps

28 David Gilliland … 124.347 … 75 laps

29 Mike Bliss … 124.315 … 59 laps

30 Landon Cassill … 124.307 … 36 laps

31 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 124.291 … 51 laps

32 Danica Patrick … 124.242. … 52 laps

33 Michael Annett … 124.178 … 67 laps

34 Greg Biffle … 124.058 … 57 laps

35 Alex Bowman … 124.034 … 74 laps

36 Michael McDowell … 123.841 … 42 laps

37 Trevor Bayne … 123.833 … 39 laps

38 Chris Buescher … 123.730 … 64 laps

39 Cole Whitt … 123.658 … 40 laps

40 Matt DiBenedetto … 123.650 … 26 laps

41 Josh Wise … 123.523 … 29 laps

42 JJ Yeley … 122.693 … 47 laps

43 Alex Kennedy … 122.217 … 52 laps
Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:

1 Kevin Harvick … 125.725 mph

2 Kurt Busch … 125.158

3 Paul Menard … 125.121

4 Kasey Kahne … 125.009

5 Joey Logano … 124.814

6 Jamie McMurray … 124.628

7 Brad Keselowski … 124.597

8 Denny Hamlin … 124.375

9 Casey Mears … 124.227

10 Carl Edwards … 124.153

11 David Ragan … 124.144

12 Matt Kenseth … 124.130

13 Landon Cassill … 124.039

14 Jimmie Johnson … 123.984

15 AJ Allmendinger … 123.957

16 Brett Moffitt … 123.934

17 Kyle Larson … 123.905

18 Mike Bliss … 123.729

19 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 123.649

20 Tony Stewart … 123.592

21 Michael Annett … 123.542

22 Clint Bowyer … 123.513

23 Austin Dillon … 123.496

24 Sam Hornish Jr. … 123.485

25 Jeff Gordon … 123.380

26 Alex Bowman … 123.272

27 Jeb Burton … 123.261

28 Greg Biffle … 123.253

29 Justin Allgaier … 123.209

30 Ryan Newman … 122.904

31 David Gilliland … 122.885

32 Trevor Bayne … 122.080

33 Aric Almirola … 122.075

34 Josh Wise … 122.058

35 JJ Yeley … 121.860

36 Michael McDowell … 121.754

37 Chris Buescher … 120.383

38 Alex Kennedy … 119.172

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NASCAR Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick still No. 1 after quiet Vegas

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Kevin Harvick didn’t have a flashy night Sunday in Las Vegas, but it didn’t keep him from retaining the No. 1 spot in this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings.

After winning the Bristol night race, Harvick finished in the top 10 in the first two stages in Vegas before placing 10th at race’s end.

Kurt Busch’s win at his home track vaulted him into the top 10 as 12 drivers received votes.

More: Playoff standings after Las Vegas

Here is this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings:

1. Kevin Harvick (Last week No. 1): In the last eight races he’s won three times and finished outside the top 10 only twice.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week No. 5): Placed fourth for his 11th top-five finish in the last 14 races.

3. Alex Bowman (Last week unranked): Finished fifth for his second top five and fifth top-10 finish in the last six races.

4. Denny Hamlin (Last week unranked): Left Vegas with a third-place finish to snap a three-race streak of finishing outside the top 10.

5. Kurt Busch (Last week unranked): Snapped a 46-race winless streak with his victory and advanced to the Round of 8.

6. Kyle Busch (Last week No. 3): Finished sixth after a “dismal” night. He has four consecutive top 10s.

7. Brad Keselowski (Last week No. 5): Finished 13th to give him two finishes outside the top 10 since he won at Richmond.

8. Chase Briscoe (Last week unranked): Opened the Xfinity playoffs with his second consecutive win.

8. Chase Elliott (Last week No. 2): Led 73 laps, but had to settle for a 22nd-place finish in Vegas.

8. Joey Logano (Last week No. 3): Finished 14th for his second straight finish outside the top 10.

Also receiving votes: Erik Jones and Chris Buescher.

NASCAR announces changes to Kansas playoff weekend

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Citing “programming changes,” NASCAR announced shifts in the race dates and start times for its visit next month to Kansas Speedway.

The Xfinity, ARCA and Truck Series races have been shifted, while the Cup race remains at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 18.

The biggest move is the Truck Series race shifting from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

Here are the changes.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. ETARCA Menards Series on FS1 or FS2; network TBD at a later date (previously at 10 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. ETTruck Series on FOX (previously Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET Xfinity on NBCSN (previously 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

 

Xfinity Series playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Chase Briscoe opened the Xfinity Series playoffs by earning his second consecutive win.

His victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives him 57 playoff points and an automatic spot in the Round of 8.

Harrison Burton holds the final transfer spot. He has a two-point advantage over Ross Chastain.

Behind Chastain below the cutline are Michael Annett (-10 points), Riley Herbst (-14) and Brandon Brown (-20).

Below is the full Xfinity Series playoff standings going into Saturday’s race at Talladega (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance. Drivers in yellow are in the remaining playoff spots.

Xfinity Series playoff standings

Cup playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Kurt Busch flipped the script on the Cup playoff standings with his win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He entered the Round of 12 as the last driver in the playoff standings, but is the first driver to clinch a spot in the Round of 8.

Replacing Busch in the bottom spot of the playoff standings is Austin Dillon. He is 32 points behind Alex Bowman, who holds the final cutoff spot.

Behind Bowman is Kyle Busch (-9 points), Clint Bowyer (-20), Aric Almirola (-27) and Dillon.

“Obviously, the 1 car (Kurt Busch) was not a car that we needed to win a race,” Clint Bowyer said after Sunday’s race. “It’s been a hell of a battle back there with cars that are kind of in the same wheelhouse as far as points-wise. (Kurt Busch) winning changes that landscape quite a bit, but we’re only 20 points out.”

Here is the full playoff standings entering Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance to the Round of 8. Drivers in yellow hold the remaining available playoff spots.

Cup playoff standings