NSCS: Good Harvick Hunting; Fastest in First Practice at Charlotte

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Harvick runs during the first practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Sarah Crabill/Getty Images North America)

Harvick runs during the first practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Sarah Crabill/Getty Images North America photo)

CONCORD, N.C.– Kevin Harvick’s hunt for a fourth victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway began well on Thursday.

Harvick’s Busch Hunting Chevrolet posted the top time in the first practice session (27.870 seconds, 193.757 mph) for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM).

The Bakersfield, California native has a history of success at Charlotte, most recently winning the 2014 edition of this event. In addition to his three wins at the track, he has seven top-five finishes and 14 top-ten finishes over the course of his career.

Harvick was one of six Chevrolets in the top 10 and the only driver to run faster than 193 mph. Alex Bowman, filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet, was second fastest, followed by Coca-Cola 600 champion Martin Truex Jr. in his No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota. Denny Hamlin, also in a Toyota, was fourth, and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.

Larson was one of three non-chase drivers to crack the top 10 (along with A.J. Allmendinger and Ryan Newman), and all of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars put times on the board in the top 14 positions. Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth rounded out JGR’s efforts with the ninth and 14th fastest times of the session respectively.

Ford was shut out of the top 10 entirely, with the fastest time from the Blue Oval camp coming from Joey Logano. The defending Bank of America 500 champion was 11th quickest (28.135 seconds, 191.932 mph). Chase Elliott was the slowest of the drivers remaining in the Chase, running the 18th fastest time (28.208 seconds, 191.435 mph).

Coors Light Pole Qualifying will begin at 7:20 p.m. ET tonight, and can be seen on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app.

RESULTS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Thursday Practice; Charlotte Motor Speedway; Oct. 6, 2016

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

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