KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Martin Truex Jr.’s pursuit of his first win at Kansas Speedway got off to a fast start Friday morning.
The Furniture Row Racing driver turned a fast lap of 29.179 seconds (185.065 mph) in opening practice for Saturday’s GoBowling.com 400 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.
Truex won the pole and dominated last year’s event, leading the most laps before late-race pit stop troubles cost the New Jersey native any shot at a win.
Ryan Blaney has yet to win his first Cup pole but was second-quick (184.932 mph) in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. Blaney led 148 laps and won the first two stages last month at Texas Motor Speedway, the most recent 1.5-mile race.
Another young driver in Erik Jones ran the third-fastest lap at 29.253 seconds (184.596 mph) despite a late-session spin, making it two FRR cars in the top-three on the speed charts.
Matt Kenseth sports the Circle K colors again this week and was fourth quick (184.533 mph), followed by last fall’s Kansas winner Kevin Harvick (184.458 mph).
There were only three drivers who ran 10 consecutive laps. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (184.451 mph) was one of those and turned the sixth-fastest single-lap speed in the session. Defending race winner Kyle Busch was eighth-fastest (184.344 mph) sporting the M&M’s Red Nose Day colors on the No. 18 Toyota.
Carl Long makes his return to the Cup garage this weekend and didn’t turn a lap in the opening session.
Next up for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is final practice at 1:30 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN).
Full practice results can be found on the next page…