Larson, Kenseth head field during ‘AAA 400 Drive for Autism’ practice | Dover International Speedway


June 2, 2017

Larson, Kenseth head field during ‘AAA 400 Drive for Autism’ practice

Kyle Larson has yet to win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway.

If Friday’s first MENCS practice was any indication, Larson, who is second in the Cup standings, has put himself in contention to end that narrative Sunday as the California native clocked in a time of 22.512 seconds (159.915 mph), which was the fastest of all Cup drivers.

Kyle Busch looks over his No. 18 Toyota at Dover International Speedway on Friday, June 2. GETTY IMAGES

Larson also posted the quickest time in Friday’s first NASCAR XFINITY Series practice session.

Defending race champion Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota) finished second with a time of 22.556 seconds (159.603 mph).

Kyle Busch, who has yet to win with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017, clocked in a time of 22.585 seconds (159.398 mph). Busch is coming off a runner-up finish in last Sunday’s Charlotte race in which he recorded his fifth top-five finish of the season.

Points leader Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

Rookie Daniel Suarez was the highest finishing rookie in Friday’s practice session and was ninth overall as he clocked in a ninth quickest time of 22.714 seconds (158.493 mph).

While Jimmie Johnson hopes to become the third driver in MENCS history to win 11 or more times at a single racetrack, the 10-time Dover winner registered the 12th quickest time Friday with a lap of 158.318 mph.

Last week’s Charlotte winner Austin Dillon logged a time of 22.813 seconds (157.805) and finished 19th.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will be back on the track Friday afternoon as qualifying for Sunday’s “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” is slated to begin at 3:50 p.m.



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