RICHMOND, Va. – Matt Kenseth led opening practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond this morning. Kenseth’s lap was 22.333 seconds with a speed of 120.897 MPH. Martin Truex Jr. landed in second followed by Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski.
Out of the drivers in a must-win situation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the fastest with a lap of 22.494 seconds ,putting him sixth on the speed charts. His time was .161 seconds off of Kenseth. Denny Hamlin, last weekends winner, was seventh and was followed by Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who rounded out the top-ten in first practice.
Michael McDowell turned the most laps of the session with 58, followed by Denny Hamlin and Kenseth with 51 apiece. Rick Ware Racing’s B.J. McLeod turned the least amount of laps with 11. All 39 drivers entered for tomorrow nights race turned a lap in the session.
Hamlin had the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 118.948. Brad Keselowski was second followed by Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick.
RICHMOND Va. – After appearing fourth in the speed charts in the opening session, Kyle Larson turned the fastest lap in final practice this afternoon at Richmond with a lap of 22.456 seconds and a speed of 120.235 MPH. Joey Logano finished second just .005 seconds off of Larson. Daniel Suarez finished third followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth.
In the final session of the afternoon, Logano was the fastest of the must-win drivers followed by Daniel Suarez and Trevor Bayne (11th).
Stenhouse Jr. was sixth followed by Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Hamlin who rounded out the top-ten.
Keselowski turned the most laps of the sessions with 83 while Reed Sorenson turned the least amount of laps with just three.
Truex Jr. had the best 10-lap average with an average speed of 117.480 MPH followed by Kyle Busch, Keselowski, Elliott and Logano.