NSCS: Still Rolling; Former Bristol Winner Kahne Tops Cup Series’ Opening Saturday Practice

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — official report — NASCAR photo —

Kasey Kahne continued a steady show of speed Saturday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway, topping the charts during a busy second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice.

Kahne, who also set the pace in Friday’s opening practice and will start eighth in  Sunday’s Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer (1 p.m. ET, FOX), turned in a fast lap of 126.829 mph in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet during the 55-minute session. He also managed to avoid the handful of tangles that left the cars of Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with damage.

Sprint Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick was second-fastest in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet at 126.395 mph. Joey Logano, winner of the most recent Sprint Cup race at the .533-mile track last August, drove the Team Penske No. 22 Ford to the third-best lap at 126.137 mph.

Kurt Busch, in another Stewart-Haas Chevy, was fourth-fastest with the Toyota ofJoe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin completing the top five. Matt Kenseth, who claimed the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday’s qualifying, cooled off to a 19th-fastest time in second practice.

The early morning session was littered by incidents, leading off with Stewart’s slide into the outside retaining wall near the 10-minute mark. The team made repairs, getting the three-time series champion back on the track in the waning moments of practice.

Just seven minutes later, former teammates Edwards and Stenhouse collided. Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford sustained significant nose damage, remedied by tape by his Roush Fenway Racing crew. Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota from the Gibbs stables continued with rear-end damage.

Later in the session, Jimmie Johnson scraped the outside barrier with his Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet.

A final, 55-minute Sprint Cup Series practice is scheduled Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).


RESULTS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Practice 2; Bristol Motor Speedway; April 18, 2015

  1. Kasey Kahne
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Paul Menard
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. Jimmie Johnson
  11. Jamie McMurray
  12. Brett Moffitt
  13. Casey Mears
  14. David Ragan
  15. Jeff Gordon
  16. A.J. Allmendinger
  17. Sam Hornish
  18. Brad Keselowski
  19. Matt Kenseth
  20. Ryan Newman
  21. Aric Almirola
  22. Justin Allgaier
  23. Kyle Larson
  24. Tony Stewart
  25. Austin Dillon
  26. Jeb Burton
  27. Clint Bowyer
  28. David Gilliland
  29. Mike Bliss
  30. Landon Cassill
  31. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  32. Danica Patrick
  33. Michael Annett
  34. Greg Biffle
  35. Alex Bowman
  36. Michael McDowell
  37. Trevor Bayne
  38. Chris Buescher
  39. Cole Whitt
  40. Matt DiBenedetto
  41. Josh Wise
  42. J.J. Yeley
  43. Alex Kennedy

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