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The Busch brothers wrecked during Practice #2 on Saturday but the teams were able to pull out the backup cars and the drivers were able to get some track time in Happy Hour. Still, the #18 and #78 will have to start Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 from the rear of the field. Roush-Fenway Racing flexed its muscle again in the final practice as Carl Edwards paced the field. The ten-lap average chart can be found below the full speed chart.
On Friday, Roush-Fenway Racing Rookie of the Year candidate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. qualified 2nd for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino, and he did all he could on Saturday to prove that that effort wasn’t a fluke. The #17 Ford was fastest on the speed chart in Practice #2, beating out the #20 Toyota of championship leader Matt Kenseth by almost 0.08 seconds. The ten-lap average chart can be found below the full speed chart.
He may be out of the championship hunt this season, but that didn’t stop the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, Brad Keselowski, from posting the fastest lap in Happy Hour on Saturday at Dover International Speedway. On Friday, the Blue Deuce qualified 6th for Sunday’s AAA 400, and Keselowski should definitely be one to watch, as he’s currently on a two-race streak of top 5s at this race track–and that includes his victory in this race one year ago. The ten-lap average chart can be found below the full speed chart.
There’s a reason that Hendrick Motorsports has had the best average finish at Dover International Speedway of any organization in the Sprint Cup series over the last two and a half seasons. Those four Chevrolets showed their strength once again on Saturday morning, posting the fastest three laps in Practice #2 with Kasey Kahne leading the way. This week’s pole sitter, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., ran the 2nd-fastest lap followed by Jeff Gordon. Hendrick’s fourth car, the #48 piloted by Jimmie Johnson, was 6th on the speed chart. The ten-lap average chart can be found below the full speed chart.
It was the normal names that topped the speed charts on Saturday afternoon–at least recently. Kasey Kahne led the way with a lap of 29.823 and was followed by Juan Montoya, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, and Greg Biffle. It was reported that there may be an engine issue with Carl Edwards’ car, but no more information was available at the time of this posting. The ten-lap average chart can be found below the full speed chart.
The #56 team may not be eligible to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this season, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop trying for race wins–and they got off to a good start on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. Truex posted the fastest lap of the session on his first lap, beating newly announced Chaser Jeff Gordon by a little less than one-hundredth of a second. Hendrick Motorsports showed its power with Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounding out the top 4 on the speed chart. The ten-lap average chart can be found below the full speed chart.