Kevin Harvick leads final practice with four SHR cars in top-five

Kevin Harvick, still looking for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season, topped Friday’s final practice at Michigan International Speedway.

Kevin Harvick leads final practice with four SHR cars in top-five

Harvick, who owns two career wins at Michigan including last August, topped the final speed chart with an average lap speed of 188.763 mph.

Kyle Busch, last weekend’s race winner at Pocono, was second (188.728 mph) and Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Clint Bowyer was third (188.476 mph).

Daniel Suarez, who was fastest in Friday’s first practice, ended up fourth and fellow SHR driver Aric Almirola completed the top-five.

Suarez also had the fastest average lap speed (187.273 mph) among those drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps. Almirola and Jones were second and third-fastest, in that category.

“I wish we would have done something a little bitter with the bottom lane, maybe some traction compound in the third lane to really get that third lane burned in here,” Harvick said.  “You can drag all the tires you want and it isn’t going to work. Try to get that third lane burned in.

“I have a question of what happens with the bottom lane based on what we did last year in the Xfinity race. Those are my concerns. How (the race) turns out? I would be guessing because there have been a few places we have gone that turned out different than I thought it was going to be.”

Rounding out the top-10 in practice were Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Alex Bowman.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 36 38.143     188.763
2 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 45 38.150 0.007 0.007 188.729
3 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 37 38.201 0.058 0.051 188.477
4 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 49 38.266 0.123 0.065 188.157
5 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 51 38.313 0.170 0.047 187.926
6 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 33 38.327 0.184 0.014 187.857
7 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 32 38.336 0.193 0.009 187.813
8 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 38 38.374 0.231 0.038 187.627
9 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 31 38.402 0.259 0.028 187.490
10 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 46 38.411 0.268 0.009 187.446
11 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 27 38.430 0.287 0.019 187.354
12 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 48 38.436 0.293 0.006 187.324
13 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 40 38.448 0.305 0.012 187.266
14 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 35 38.457 0.314 0.009 187.222
15 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 48 38.485 0.342 0.028 187.086
16 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 28 38.508 0.365 0.023 186.974
17 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 44 38.527 0.384 0.019 186.882
18 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 25 38.571 0.428 0.044 186.669
19 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 32 38.623 0.480 0.052 186.417
20 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 32 38.637 0.494 0.014 186.350
21 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 35 38.639 0.496 0.002 186.340
22 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 31 38.669 0.526 0.030 186.196
23 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 35 38.692 0.549 0.023 186.085
24 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 31 38.697 0.554 0.005 186.061
25 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 32 38.782 0.639 0.085 185.653
26 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 29 38.829 0.686 0.047 185.428
27 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 39 38.852 0.709 0.023 185.319
28 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 22 38.869 0.726 0.017 185.238
29 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 26 38.966 0.823 0.097 184.776
30 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 34 38.988 0.845 0.022 184.672
31 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 15 39.062 0.919 0.074 184.322
32 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 10 39.219 1.076 0.157 183.584
33 51 United States Kyle Weatherman  Chevrolet 11 39.539 1.396 0.320 182.099
34 52 United States Josh Bilicki  Ford 3 40.151 2.008 0.612 179.323
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