Blaney fastest in first Kansas practice; Larson crashes

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Blaney fastest in first Kansas practice; Larson crashes


Blaney fastest in first Kansas practice; Larson crashes


A lap of 192.130mph put Ryan Blaney atop the leaderboard in the first and only NASCAR Cup Series practice session Friday at Kansas Speedway.

However, the 50-minute session saw another issue crop up for Kyle Larson.

Larson enters Kansas outside of a transfer spot, and his Chip Ganassi Racing team is still appealing their 10-point penalty from Talladega Superspeedway. In practice, things took another wrong turn when Larson hit the wall hard enough off Turn 2 that he will have to go to a backup car for Sunday afternoon’s race.

“I’m good, just mad at myself,” said Larson. “Made a mistake. Got loose and had it corrected, and then it’s like the second time I corrected I don’t know if I got the splitter or what, but it didn’t turn and went straight. Hated I wrecked a primary car. I’m sure our backup car will be fine. We’re always pretty good here at Kansas, so we should be fine. I’ve been in a backup car here before and been really fast. Dig deep and worked hard, and see what we can do on Sunday.”

Blaney was followed by five fellow playoff contenders. Kyle Busch was second quickest at 191.768mph, followed by spring Kansas winner Kevin Harvick in third at 191.761mph, Joey Logano fourth at 191.632mph and Chase Elliott completing the top five at 191.421mph.


Rounding out the top 10 were Erik Jones (191.306mph), Paul Menard (191.130mph) and Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kurt Busch (190.954mph), Aric Almirola (190.819mph), and Clint Bowyer (190.786mph).

Defending race winner Martin Truex Jr. was 15th on the chart at 190.087mph.

UP NEXT: Qualifying at 7:10 p.m. ET.