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Joey Logano tops Kyle Busch in final Cup practice at Michigan

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Joey Logano tops Kyle Busch in final Cup practice at Michigan
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Aug 11, 2018, 4:38 PM

Joey Logano, looking for his third career NASCAR Cup Series win at Michigan International Speedway, was fastest in Saturday’s final practice session.

Logano’s average lap speed of 197.580 mph just edged Kyle Busch (197.520 mph). Alex Bowman was third (197.320 mph). Kevin Harvick was fourth and Kyle Larson completed the top-five.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Ryan Blaney, pole winner Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer – who won the spring race at Michigan, Erik Jones and rookie William Byron.

“That just seemed to have more security compared to that last run,” Bowman said of his last run over his team radio. “Still really just limited by that tight spot at max load right in the center, getting it rotated and pointed.

“Entry, stayed really good there, no complaints.”

Hamlin was fastest in practice Friday and won the pole for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 but was having difficulty replicating that speed on Saturday.

“It’s still making me really slow during the first couple of laps,” Hamlin said over his team radio. He was having issues with his splitter.

Jones ended up with the fastest average lap speed among the drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps (196.078 mph). Blaney and Larson were second and third, respectively, in that category.

Just minutes into the session, last week’s race winner, Chase Elliott, got loose and spun exiting Turn 4. He didn’t appear to hit anything with his No. 9 Chevrolet and only briefly ran into the infield grass.

Elliott made it back out on the track after repairs about 45 minutes into the session. He ended up 18th-fastest.

Michael McDowell was forced to sit out the final 15 minutes of practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice on Friday at Michigan.

Cla # Driver 4506 Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 34 36.441     197.580
2 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 44 36.452 0.011 0.011 197.520
3 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 41 36.489 0.048 0.037 197.320
4 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 41 36.509 0.068 0.020 197.212
5 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 38 36.515 0.074 0.006 197.179
6 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 35 36.521 0.080 0.006 197.147
7 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 37 36.564 0.123 0.043 196.915
8 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 43 36.572 0.131 0.008 196.872
9 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 33 36.573 0.132 0.001 196.867
10 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 39 36.587 0.146 0.014 196.791
11 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 40 36.610 0.169 0.023 196.668
12 19 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 27 36.630 0.189 0.020 196.560
13 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 42 36.641 0.200 0.011 196.501
14 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 28 36.652 0.211 0.011 196.442
15 1 United States Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 50 36.655 0.214 0.003 196.426
16 41 United States Kurt Busch  Ford 40 36.671 0.230 0.016 196.340
17 78 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 26 36.686 0.245 0.015 196.260
18 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 29 36.697 0.256 0.011 196.201
19 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 26 36.739 0.298 0.042 195.977
20 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 31 36.750 0.309 0.011 195.918
21 31 United States Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 32 36.775 0.334 0.025 195.785
22 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 28 36.879 0.438 0.104 195.233
23 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 24 36.903 0.462 0.024 195.106
24 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 31 36.906 0.465 0.003 195.090
25 6 United States Trevor Bayne  Ford 20 36.913 0.472 0.007 195.053
26 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 31 37.062 0.621 0.149 194.269
27 47 United States A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 23 37.133 0.692 0.071 193.898
28 95 United States Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 27 37.148 0.707 0.015 193.819
29 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 23 37.228 0.787 0.080 193.403
30 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 24 37.239 0.798 0.011 193.346
31 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 11 37.430 0.989 0.191 192.359
32 32 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 22 37.524 1.083 0.094 191.877
33 96 United States Jeffrey Earnhardt  Toyota 24 37.884 1.443 0.360 190.054
34 72 United States Corey Lajoie  Chevrolet 24 37.895 1.454 0.011 189.999
35 51 United States B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 10 37.939 1.498 0.044 189.778
36 23 Jones Blake  Toyota 28 39.372 2.931 1.433 182.871
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Series NASCAR Cup
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Author Jim Utter