Rookie Larson Paces First NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
SPARTA, Ky. - Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson was the only driver to top 183 mph in Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts practice Friday morning at Kentucky Speedway.
The driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet posted a lap of 183.549 mph that is just shy of the track qualifying record set last year by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Penske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano ran the most laps (50) out of the 42 drivers in the field. Keselowski posted the second fastest speed of the session (182.143 mph) while Logano was ninth at 180.102 mph.
Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers was third (182.143 mph) in the No. 55 Toyota followed by Larson's teammate Jamie McMurray and three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart.
The final practice before qualifying is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and end at 2:20 p.m. Quaker State 400 qualifying is set for 5:40 p.m.
In addition to the Sprint Cup race, Larson also is entered in tonight's Nationwide Series John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 in the No. 42 Chevrolet.
The 21-year-old sits an impressive 10th in the Sprint Cup points standings with three top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season. Larson started from the pole earlier this season at Richmond after rain washed out qualifying.