Erik Jones, 18, is fastest in final Sprint Cup practice at Kansas

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In only the second Sprint Cup practice of the day – and his career – 18-year-old Erik Jones was the fastest in Friday’s final session at Kansas Speedway.

The Michigan native, who is also making his first appearance at the 1.5-mile track, waited until the session was almost over to clock the fastest speed of the 43 drivers that took the track 191.306 mph.

“There’s been a lot of people that have been involved over the past few weeks to get me ready for this,” Jones told Fox Sports 1. “I think a lot of it was preparing mentally, watching videos, watching tape, talking to Kyle (Busch) and my teammates and just trying to get the best information I could out of everybody.

“It’s pretty cool to be fastest in practice. I know it’s only practice, but it’s still pretty cool. … There’s a lot of great race car drivers. It’s just really an honor to be fastest this practice.”

Earlier in the day in the first practice session, Jones gave a preview of what might be to come, recording the ninth-fastest speed. He also had the best 10-lap average in that session.

Four-time Cup champ Jeff Gordon was second-fastest at 191.184 mph, followed by Joey Logano (190.732), Martin Truex Jr. (190.490) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (190.396).

In a strange oddity, Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart were 35th and 38th fastest in practice, but were 1st and 5th in the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average.

Here’s how the final Sprint Cup practice played out:

1 Erik Jones … 191.306 mph … 26 laps

2 Jeff Gordon … 191.184 … 5 laps

3 Joey Logano … 190.732 … 29 laps

4 Martin Truex Jr. … 190.490 … 9 laps

5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. … 190.396 … 9 laps

6 Jamie McMurray … 190.141 … 18 laps

7 Jamie Johnson … 190.127 … 9 laps

8 Clint Bowyer … 189.900 … 7 laps

9 Brad Keselowski … 189.853 … 25 laps

10 Aric Almirola … 189.853 … 15 laps

11 Greg Biffle … 189.633 … 17 laps

12 Matt Kenseth … 189.633 … 28 laps

13 Kasey Kahne … 189.454 … 27 laps

14 Austin Dillon … 189.374 … 18 laps

15 Ryan Newman … 189.288 … 8 laps

16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 189.255 … 16 laps

17 Kurt Busch … 189.102 … 27 laps

18 Denny Hamlin … 189.009 … 15 laps

19 David Ragan … 188.679 … 12 laps

20 Ty Dillon … 188.679 … 12 laps

21 Kyle Larson … 188.541 … 10 laps

22 AJ Allmendinger … 188.442 … 21 laps

23 Jeb Burton … 188.311 … 7 laps

24 Paul Menard … 188.278 .. 15 laps

25 Casey Mears … 188.147 … 20 laps

26 Carl Edwards … 187.689 … 29 laps

27 Justin Allgaier … 187.630 … 18 laps

28 Sam Hornish Jr. … 187.448 … 18 laps

29 Danica Patrick … 187.298 … 14 laps

30 Michael McDowell … 186.922 … 9 laps

31 Trevor Bayne … 186.761 … 12 laps

32 Josh Wise … 186.393 … 10 laps

33 David Gilliland … 186.188 .. 19 laps

34 Cole Whitt … 185.599 … 13 laps

35 Kevin Harvick … 185.471 … 33 laps

36 Brett Moffitt … 184.679 … 7 laps

37 Alex Bowman … 184.162 … 17 laps

38 Tony Stewart …. 184.137 … 49 laps

40 Joey Gase … 182.735 … 15 laps

41 Brendan Gaughan … 182.642 … 7 laps

42 Matt DiBenedetto … 182.205 … 10 laps

43 Landon Cassill … 180.240 … 26 laps

44 Michael Annett … 0 mph … 0 laps

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:

1 Kevin Harvick … 185.058

2 Carl Edwards … 184.161

3 Kasey Kahne … 183.488

4 Erik Jones … 183.459

5 Tony Stewart … 182.528

6 Joey Logano … 182.433

7 Kurt Busch … 182.119

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