Kurt Busch once again fastest in Sprint Cup practice at Phoenix

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Kurt Busch was fastest in the first of the final two Sprint Cup practices Saturday morning at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch covered the one-mile track at 137.436 mph. Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, a seven-time winner at PIR, was second fastest at 136.685 mph.

Carl Edwards was third fastest (136.493), followed by Martin Truex Jr. (136.389) and Chase Elliott (136.379).

There was one significant incident during the session. Michael Annett hit hard into the wall when it appeared his front end locked up, sending him into the wall.

“Definitely got down there and the car just didn’t want to turn,” Annett said. “I don’t know if we were on the splitter or if we cut down a right-front (tire). … I cranked on the wheel and it wouldn’t go straight.”

The damage was severe enough that Annett was forced to go to a backup car, the one he planned to use in next week’s race at Fontana, California.

The Happy Hour final practice session takes place at 1 p.m. ET this afternoon.

Here’s how Saturday’s first practice session played out:

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