Kurt Busch had the fastest lap in Friday’s final Cup practice session at Pocono Raceway.
Busch ran a lap of 172.712 mph. He was followed by Brad Keselowski (171.798 mph), Kyle Larson (171.612), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (171.018) and Kyle Busch (170.849).
Click here for practice report
Busch had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 170.042 mph. He was followed by Keselowski (169.548 mph) and Chase Elliott (169.482).
Joey Logano ran the most laps at 43. He was 13th on the speed chart with a top lap of 170.148 mph.
Matt DiBenedetto will start at the rear of the field Sunday after his team changed engines Friday. He was one of four drivers who did not get on track in the final practice session. Also not running in the session were Quin Houff, Reed Sorenson and Ross Chastain.
Qualifying is Saturday. The race is Sunday.
After rain on Sunday, the Cup series will run Monday. Can Chase Elliott, who is starting on the pole, follow his playoff win at Dover last year with another victory at this track?
Here’s all the info you need for today’s event:
(All times are Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at noon. The green flag is scheduled for 12:08 p.m.
PRERACE: Cup garage will open at 9 a.m. Drivers will report to their cars at 11:55 a.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 400 laps (400 miles) around the 1-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 120. Stage 2 ends on Lap 240.
COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 40
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the race with coverage beginning at noon. Motor Racing Network’s coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast, which is also available at mrn.com.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for a high of 67 degrees and a 15 percent chance of rain for the start of the race.
LAST TIME: Chase Elliott won the October playoff race, finishing ahead of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. Kevin Harvick won the race there last May, finishing ahead of Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez.
TO THE REAR: Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Preece and Matt Tifft (inspection failures). Ross Chastain and Reed Sorenson (engine change).
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for lineup
TALLADEGA, Ala. – NASCAR announced Sunday that nine cars are going to the rear for today’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, including eight for unapproved adjustments.
Cars were impounded after qualifying.
Those going to the rear for unapproved adjustments are the cars of:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (qualified 6th)
Martin Truex Jr. (qualified 20th)
Kyle Busch (qualified 22nd)
Denny Hamlin (qualified 23rd)
Ryan Newman (qualified 24th)
Erik Jones (qualified 27th)
Reed Sorenson (qualified 37th)
Cody Ware (qualified 40th)
The other car going to the rear is that of Brendan Gaughan for a driver change. Tyler Reddick qualified the car 29th so Gaughan could return to his Las Vegas home on Saturday to attend his son’s communion. Gaughan will be back in the car today.
Here are the entry lists for this weekend’s races at Bristol Motor Speedway:
Cup – Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox Sports 1)
Thirty-seven cars are entered.
The No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet will once again have Bayley Currey behind the wheel, while Joey Gase is back in the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota and Quin Houff will pilot Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet.
The No. 27 of Reed Sorenson has been withdrawn.
Click here for the Cup Series entry list.
Xfinity – Alsco 300 (1 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1)
Thirty-seven cars are entered.
There are no NASCAR Cup drivers entered since it is a Dash 4 Cash event. No driver that scores points in the Cup Series is eligible to compete in the four Dash 4 Cash races.
Others of note: Bayley Currey will drive the No. 17 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet, while Harrison Burton will make his Xfinity Series debut in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Click here for the Xfinity Series entry list.
NOTE: The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off for more than a month until the Jegs 200 on May 3 at Dover International Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman were fastest in the first Cup practice at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.
Johnson posted a top speed of 189.747 mph around the 1.5-mile track while Bowman followed at 188.363 mph.
In third was Joey Logano (188.180 mph)
William Byron was fourth (188.180), giving Hendrick Motorsports three cars in the top five.
Brad Keselowski completed the top five (188.147).
The session was stopped early on for fluid on the track from Reed Sorenson‘s No. 27 Chevrolet.
No driver recorded more than 11 laps in the session.
Click here for the speed chart.