Kevin Harvick, dominant winner last week at Dover, started out in similar fashion again at Kansas Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver topped Friday’s single Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session, after the two originally scheduled sessions were combined owing to delays from morning showers, which led to issues with lingering moisture on the 1.5-mile speedway’s surface.
Harvick – winner of four of the first 11 races this season – posted a best lap of 186.149mph to edge out Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson (185.982mph) and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch (185.166mph).
Busch’s JGR teammate Erik Jones was fourth at 184.634mph, followed by Harvick’s SHR teammate Clint Bowyer (184.489mph) in fifth. Daniel Suarez, Aric Almirola, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. completed the top 10.
Matt Kenseth, logging his first laps in the No. 6 Ford since making his return to Roush Fenway Racing, was 28th at 179.706mph.
The No. 42 team of Larson and the No. 88 team of Alex Bowman both were given 30-minute practice penalties for failing pre-race inspection three times last week at Dover. Additionally, the No. 3 team of Austin Dillon, the No. 4 team of Harvick and the No. 31 team of Ryan Newman all were given 15-minute practice penalty holds for failing pre-race inspection twice last week.
UP NEXT: Qualifying at 8 p.m. ET.