Kasey Kahne is fastest in final Sprint Cup practice at Richmond

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Kasey Kahne vaulted to the top of the speed charts in the second and final Sprint Cup practice session Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

Kahne, who won his first career Sprint Cup race at RIR in 2005, was the fastest of the pack with a speed of 126.357 mph.

Greg Biffle was second-fastest (126.162 mph), followed by Carl Edwards (126.027), Jamie McMurray (125.851) and Denny Hamlin (125.839).

Sprint Cup qualifying for Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 takes place later today at 5:45 pm ET.

Saturday’s race begins at 7 pm ET.

Here’s how Friday’s second and final Sprint Cup practice of the weekend played out:

1 Kasey Kahne … 126.357 mph … 46 laps

2 Greg Biffle … 126.162 … 33 laps

3 Carl Edwards … 126.027 … 38 laps

4 Jamie McMurray … 125.851 … 45 laps

5 Denny Hamlin … 125.839 … 44 laps

6 Martin Truex Jr. … 125.780 … 36 laps

7 Landon Cassill … 125.652 … 56 laps

8 Brett Moffitt … 125.576 … 54 laps

9 David Gilliland … 125.441 … 28 laps

10 Jimmie Johnson … 125.406 … 14 laps

11 Kurt Busch … 125.360 … 60 laps

12 Jeff Gordon … 125.337 … 43 laps

13 Joey Logano … 125.296 … 42 laps

14 Austin Dillon … 125.104 … 58 laps

15 Brad Keselowski … 125.012 … 39 laps

16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 124.936 … 50 laps

17 Clint Bowyer … 124.902 … 31 laps

18 David Ragan … 124.752 … 60 laps

19 Paul Menard … 124.717 … 58 laps

20 Kevin Harvick … 124.579 … 41 laps

21 Kyle Larson … 124.573 … 21 laps

22 Josh Wise … 124.487 … 12 laps

23 Ryan Newman … 124.476 … 68 laps

24 Matt Kenseth … 124.453 … 43 laps

25 Justin Allgaier … 124.349 … 44 laps

26 Tony Stewart … 124.252 … 60 laps

27 Chase Elliott … 124.189 … 44 laps

28 AJ Allmendinger … 124.172 … 25 laps

29 Casey Mears … 124.007 … 20 laps

30 Michael Annett … 123.995 … 53 laps

31 Sam Hornish Jr. … 123.984 … 43 laps

32 Cole Whitt … 123.950 … 31 laps

33 Trevor Bayne … 123.836 … 40 laps

34 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 123.785 … 95 laps

35 Reed Sorenson … 123.745 … 95 laps

36 Danica Patrick … 123.666 … 35 laps

37 Aric Almirola … 123.525 … 47 laps

38 Matt DiBenedetto … 123.434 … 16 laps

39 Jeb Burton … 123.395 … 27 laps

40 Alex Bowman … 123.344 … 50 laps

41 Alex Kennedy … 122.794 … 49 laps

42 Brendan Gaughan … 122.605 … 16 laps

43 Joey Gase … 121.764 … 58 laps

44 JJ Yeley … 121.578 … 24 laps

45 Jeff Green … 120.005 … 2 laps

 

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:

1 Kevin Harvick … 122.212

2 Carl Edwards … 122.181

3 AJ Allmendinger … 122.139

4 Matt Kenseth … 122.100

5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 122.076

6 Jamie McMurray … 121.865

7 Kurt Busch … 121.813

8 Clint Bowyer … 121.725

9 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 121.723

10 Kasey Kahne … 121.722

11 Austin Dillon … 121.718

12 Brad Keselowski … 121.676

13 Trevor Bayne … 121.524

14 Greg Biffle … 121.350

15 David Ragan … 121.071

16 Aric Almirola … 121.065

17 Jeff Gordon … 121.005

18 Brett Moffitt … 120.991

19 Tony Stewart … 120.956

20 Landon Cassill … 120.928

21 Paul Menard … 120.648

22 Ryan Newman … 120.595

23 Justin Allgaier … 120.503

24 Alex Bowman … 119.903

25 Reed Sorenson … 119.642

26 Alex Kennedy … 119.567

27 Michael Annett … 119.431

28 Joey Gase … 118.521

29 Sam Hornish Jr. … 118.447

30 Denny Hamlin … 118.413

31 Chase Elliott … 118.360

32 David Gilliland … 118.268

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Tyler Reddick wins Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. —  Tyler Reddick won Saturday’s Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning his second Xfinity Series win of the season.

Reddick led the final 15 laps after he took advantage of Cole Custer spinning his tires on a restart.

Reddick beat Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Noah Gragson and Justin Haley.

Pole-sitter Christopher Bell finished 31st after he made contact with the wall and cut down his right front tire with two laps to go in Stage 2. He attempted to finish out the stage, but the tire shredded and caused significant damage to his car. It’s his second DNF of the season.

Bell’s teammate, Brandon Jones, also got into the wall and cut a tire within a lap of Bell. Jones opted to pit immediately and was able to continue and finished ninth.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Christopher Bell

STAGE 2 WINNER: Tyler Reddick

WHAT’S NEXT: Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway at 1 p.m. ET on June 1 on FS1

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Daniel Suarez fastest in final Coca-Cola 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Daniel Suarez completed a sweep of Saturday’s two Cup practice sessions by posting the top speed in final practice for the Coca-Cola 600.

Suarez recorded a speed of 180.704 mph around Charlotte Motor Speedway. He made 51 laps in the session.

“I will say one of the best (cars of his Cup career) for sure,” Suarez said. “I feel like this year I’ve had some good race cars with an opportunity to finish in the top five and top 10, but I feel like this car has been pretty solid.  It’s fast and it’s not comfortable to drive 100 percent, but I don’t feel like anyone out there is comfortable right now, so it’s been sunny and hot and slick and that makes things a little bit more difficult, but overall my team has been doing a very good job with Stewart-Haas Racing and Ford Performance.  We have a good piece and hopefully we can take advantage of it tomorrow.”

The top five was completed by Daniel Hemric (180.686 mph), Denny Hamlin (180.553), Ryan Preece (180.469) and Kyle Busch (180.276).

“I felt pretty good with our practice there,” said Hamlin, who will start 20th Sunday. “It was one of our better practices of the year. We’re going to have to start from deep in the field, which is going to be a challenge with traffic, but we’ve got a long race to get it done. Pretty happy with where we’re at.”

Busch has the best 10-lap average at 179.485 mph

Chase Elliott recorded the most laps in the session with 62. He was 18th on the speed chart.

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Christopher Bell wins pole for Xfinity Charlotte race

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CONCORD, N.C. —  Christopher Bell will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Bell won his third pole of the season with a speed of 184.313 mph. His previous poles were at Texas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway.

The top five is completed by Cole Custer (183.187 mph), Tyler Reddick (182.192), Austin Dillon (181.659) and Brandon Jones (181.610).

Justin Haley will start 35th after an axle broke on his No. 11 Chevrolet in the middle of his qualifying run.

Ross Chastain did not finish his qualifying run after experiencing an electrical problem in the ignition on his No. 4 Chevrolet. He will start 37th out of 38 cars.

The Alsco 300 is scheduled to start at 1:16 p.m. ET on FS1.

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Today’s Xfinity race at Charlotte: Start time, lineup and more

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After a two-week break, the Xfinity Series returns to action today for the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Here’s all the info you need for today’s race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: North Carolina Basketball Legend Phil Ford will give the command to start engines at 1:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 1:16 p.m.

PRERACE: Driver/crew chief meeting is at 10:45 a.m. Driver introductions begin at 12:30 p.m. The invocation will be given at 1 p.m. by Billy Mauldin, CEO and President of Motor Racing Outreach. U. S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Marc Wilka will perform the National Anthem at 1:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will televise the race. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. The Performance Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 90 degrees and a 20% percent chance of rain for the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Brad Keselowski won this race over Cole Custer and Christopher Bell.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.