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Kyle Larson Leads Opening Cup Practice in Kansas

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It took almost five minutes for teams to venture out onto the track for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ first practice session Friday afternoon at Kansas Speedway, thanks to the rubber laid down by a two-hour ARCA practice earlier in the morning.

At the conclusion of the 85-minute session, it was Kyle Larson who topped the charts with a 189.056 mph (28.563 sec) lap. Kevin Harvick ran second quickest at 187.500 mph (28.800 sec). Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.

Kurt Busch was the first non-playoff driver inside the top 10 in sixth, followed by Daniel Suarez . Matt Kenseth ended the session eighth quickest, followed by Clint Bowyer, who hails from nearby Emporia, Kan. Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 10.

Joey Logano ran 26 laps, the most of any driver in this session, and no one ran 10 consecutive laps.

Five other playoff drivers ran outside the top 10. Chase Elliott ended 12th, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, who ran 14th and 15th, respectively. Ricky Stenhouse Jr….

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