Kurt Busch fastest in Saturday's first Cup practice at Texas

Kurt Busch, who set the Texas Motor Speedway qualifying record on Friday, followed that up with the fastest average lap speed in Saturday’s first practice session.

Kurt Busch fastest in Saturday's first Cup practice at Texas
Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Busch’s average lap speed at 191.768 mph led the way over a pair of Toyotas – Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones – who have dominated much of the competition this season on 1.5-mile speedways.

Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott – who missed qualifying because his No. 24 Chevrolet failed to clear pre-qualifying inspection Friday – completed the top-five. Elliott ran the most laps (43) during the 55-minute session.

Rounding out the top 10 were Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez and Kasey Kahne.

Daniel Hemric continue to fill in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 27 Chevrolet for Paul Menard, who remained back in North Carolina after his wife gave birth to the couple’s second child on Wednesday.

Menard was expected in Texas for Saturday’s final practice and Sunday’s AAA 500. Hemric ended up posting the 29th-fastest speed.

Both Kyle Busch and Hamlin were forced to sit out the first 30 minutes of this practice session due to inspection violations. Both drivers also will miss the first 30 minutes of Saturday’s final practice session at Texas.

During the race, NASCAR released Cup team’s race sets of tires so they could put a “heat cycle” on them, or scuff them before Sunday’s race.

Larson posted the fastest average lap speed (189.152 mph) of the 12 drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps in the practice session. He was followed by Jones, Kyle Busch, Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 29 28.159     191.768
2 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 20 28.256 0.097 0.097 191.110
3 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 29 28.262 0.103 0.006 191.069
4 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 37 28.290 0.131 0.028 190.880
5 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 43 28.294 0.135 0.004 190.853
6 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 24 28.313 0.154 0.019 190.725
7 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 21 28.354 0.195 0.041 190.449
8 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 20 28.358 0.199 0.004 190.422
9 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 29 28.365 0.206 0.007 190.375
10 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 41 28.416 0.257 0.051 190.034
11 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 41 28.417 0.258 0.001 190.027
12 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 31 28.423 0.264 0.006 189.987
13 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 23 28.436 0.277 0.013 189.900
14 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 27 28.442 0.283 0.006 189.860
15 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 36 28.494 0.335 0.052 189.514
16 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 25 28.532 0.373 0.038 189.261
17 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 30 28.536 0.377 0.004 189.235
18 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 23 28.592 0.433 0.056 188.864
19 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 19 28.608 0.449 0.016 188.758
20 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 26 28.641 0.482 0.033 188.541
21 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 17 28.665 0.506 0.024 188.383
22 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 31 28.698 0.539 0.033 188.166
23 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 27 28.701 0.542 0.003 188.147
24 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 16 28.704 0.545 0.003 188.127
25 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 29 28.752 0.593 0.048 187.813
26 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 32 28.801 0.642 0.049 187.493
27 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 25 28.824 0.665 0.023 187.344
28 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 21 28.837 0.678 0.013 187.259
29 27 united_states Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 23 28.901 0.742 0.064 186.845
30 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 30 28.939 0.780 0.038 186.599
31 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 22 29.066 0.907 0.127 185.784
32 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 22 29.114 0.955 0.048 185.478
33 23 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 16 29.302 1.143 0.188 184.288
34 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 20 29.379 1.220 0.077 183.805
35 83 united_states Gray Gaulding  Toyota 22 29.551 1.392 0.172 182.735
36 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 15 29.553 1.394 0.002 182.723
37 7 united_states Joey Gase  Chevrolet 22 29.837 1.678 0.284 180.983
38 51 united_states Ray Black Jr.  Chevrolet 19 30.027 1.868 0.190 179.838
39 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 13 30.044 1.885 0.017 179.736
40 66 united_states David Starr  Chevrolet 14 30.114 1.955 0.070 179.319

 

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