NSCS: Showing Speed; Kasey Kahne Leads First Saturday Cup Practice at Martinsville

Kyle Souza NASCAR, Southeast 0 Comments

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Report by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Sarah Crabill/Getty Images North America photo —

For the first time in 2016, Kasey Kahne is showing consistent speed in his No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

After qualifying second on Friday for Sunday’s STP 500 (1 p.m., FS1, MRN, SiriusXM), Kahne paced the first of two Saturday practice sessions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway.

Kahne’s time of 19.710 seconds (96.073 mph) was enough to beat out Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman, who was second in the session. Newman toured the 0.526 mile oval with a fast time of 19.756 seconds (95.849 mph), just in front of Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. (19.788/95.694).

Stewart-Haas Racing substitute driver Brian Vickers drove his No. 14 Janssen Chevrolet to a fourth place effort in the opening Saturday session (19.795/95.661). RCR driver Paul Menard, who qualified fourth for Sunday’s race, rounded out the top five (19.800/95.636).

2014 fall Martinsville winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was sixth with his fast time of 19.810 seconds (95.588 mph), while the surprise of the session was Germain Racing driver Casey Mears, who was seventh overall.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin were eighth and ninth, followed by HScott Motorsports’ Clint Bowyer, who posted his best practice effort this season with a 10th place run.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will hit the track once m0re on Saturday for final practice, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.


RESULTS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Second Practice; Martinsville Speedway; April 2, 2016

  1. Kasey Kahne
  2. Ryan Newman
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Brian Vickers
  5. Paul Menard
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Casey Mears
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Clint Bowyer
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Ryan Blaney
  13. Jimmie Johnson
  14. Kyle Busch
  15. Kyle Larson
  16. Kevin Harvick
  17. AJ Allmendinger
  18. Kurt Busch
  19. Regan Smith
  20. Aric Almirola
  21. Chase Elliott
  22. Brian Scott
  23. Carl Edwards
  24. Landon Cassill
  25. Michael McDowell
  26. Greg Biffle
  27. Jamie McMurray
  28. Brad Keselowski
  29. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  30. Austin Dillon
  31. Cole Whitt
  32. Danica Patrick
  33. Josh Wise
  34. David Ragan
  35. Matt DiBenedetto
  36. Trevor Bayne
  37. Michael Annett
  38. Chris Buescher
  39. Joey Gase


About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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