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Kyle Busch fastest in only Cup practice in Miami

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Kyle Busch was fastest in the only Cup Series practice session ahead of Sunday’s championship race (3 p.m. ET on NBC).

Busch posted a top speed of 168.966 mph around Homestead-Miami Speedway and led a sweep of the top three spots with Joe Gibbs Racing’s championship-eligible drivers.

Martin Truex Jr. was second (168.460 mph) and Denny Hamlin was third (168.277).

 

Said Truex: “I felt pretty good for a lot of new things here at Homestead.  Definitely a lot different than what we’ve done here in the past, fuel‑wise, the way you’re driving the car.

“I felt pretty close.  Good we were able to make three long runs.  Typically for me personally, if the car is pretty close, I’ll run a bunch of laps right away.  That’s definitely a good sign.  The guys did a good job being prepared, making a lot of good assumptions.”

Kevin Harvick, the remaining Championship 4 driver, was ninth fastest (166.806).

“It went good,” Harvick said. “We missed our travels a little bit the first run, got our car a lot better.”

The top five on the speed chart was completed by Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

Keselowski recorded the most laps in the session with 58. The session was scheduled in the place of qualifying after all on-track activity for the Cup Series was rained out Friday.

There were no incidents in the session.

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Kyle Larson fastest in final Cup practice at Dover

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Kyle Larson was fastest in the final Cup Series practice session for Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Larson posted a top speed of 162.705 mph. He also had the best 10-lap average at 157.752 mph.

Martin Truex Jr., who won the spring race at Dover, was second on the chart at 161.377 mph.

The top five was completed by Kevin Harvick (160.456 mph), Brad Keselowski (160.385) and Chase Elliott (160.249).

Joey Logano, who was fastest in the first practice session, recorded the most laps with 82. He was 23rd on the speed chart.

There were no incidents in the session.

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Chase Elliott tops final Cup practice; Alex Bowman to backup car after wreck

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CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott was fastest in the final Cup Series practice Saturday on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

Elliott posted the top speed of 102.101 mph around the road course.

He was followed by Martin Truex Jr. (102.101 mph), Brad Keselowski (101.891), Clint Bowyer (101.775) and Michael McDowell (101.756).

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Truex brought out the red flag early in the session when a mechanical issue from a missed shift caused him to stall on the backstretch. An engine change will force Truex to start from the rear Sunday.

Jimmie Johnson spun and backed into the Turn 5 tire barrier later in the session. The team will try to fix the car to avoid going to a backup.

Austin Dillon spun in Turn 5 with about three minutes left in the session.

Alex Bowman, who qualified second for the race, wrecked in Turn 4 with 35 seconds left in the session. He will go to a backup and also start from the rear Sunday. Bowman is two points behind teammate William Byron for the cutoff spot to advance to the playoffs.

Martin Truex Jr. tops final Cup practice at Richmond

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Martin Truex Jr. was fastest in the final Cup Series practice session Friday at Richmond Raceway.

Truex, who won at Richmond in the spring, posted a top speed of 121.885 mph around the short track.

The top five was completed by Chase Elliott (119.861 mph), Daniel Hemric (119.268), Denny Hamlin (119.211) and Austin Dillon (118.995).

Hamlin had the best 10-lap average at 118.289 mph.

Matt DiBenedetto recorded the most laps in the session with 87.

There were no incidents in the session.

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Paul Menard fastest in final Brickyard 400 practice session

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Paul Menard posted the top speed in the final practice session for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Menard, who won the race in 2011, recorded a speed of 185.079 mph.

The top five was completed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (184.151 mph), Erik Jones (183.550), Chris Buescher (183.385) and Matt DiBenedetto (183.050).

The most laps in the session were recorded by Jimmie Johnson with 35.

Kurt Busch had the best 10-lap average at 181.327 mph.

The red flag had just came out to end the session when Denny Hamlin wrecked in Turn 4.

Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota hit the outside wall after a tire went down. Hamlin was able to get out of the car under his own power. He will go to a backup car and start at the rear tomorrow.

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