Kurt Busch leads final practice at Kansas; Larson spins

Kurt Busch led the way in an eventful final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Kansas.

Kurt Busch leads final practice at Kansas; Larson spins

Late in the 50-minute session, Busch rocketed to the top of the leaderboard with an average lap speed of 177.731 mph, topping Alex Bowman (177.328 mph) and Clint Bowyer (177.288 mph) in the process.

Kevin Harvick, who spent most of the session with the top speed, ended up fourth and Denny Hamlin completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 were Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola (who topped the first practice session) and Jimmie Johnson.

Harvick again posted the fastest average lap speed (177.731 mph) among the drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps. Almirola and Bowyer were second and third, respectively.

About 26 minutes into the session, Ty Dillon reported some possible engine problems. “We got a motor problem or something,” he said over his team radio. He ended up 32nd-fastest.

Bowman tagged the wall after setting his best lap of the session and had to return to the garage for some minor repairs.

About 43 minutes into the session, Kyle Larson spun off of Turn 2 and just missed contact with Martin Truex Jr.

Truex’s No. 19 team put new tires on his car and had him return to the session. Larson’s No. 42 didn’t seem to suffer any significant damage.

The session returned to green about four minutes later.

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Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 38 30.383     177.731
2 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 54 30.452 0.069 0.069 177.328
3 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 37 30.459 0.076 0.007 177.288
4 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 34 30.460 0.077 0.001 177.282
5 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 37 30.467 0.084 0.007 177.241
6 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 40 30.558 0.175 0.091 176.713
7 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 55 30.558 0.175 0.000 176.713
8 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 50 30.560 0.177 0.002 176.702
9 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 54 30.565 0.182 0.005 176.673
10 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 41 30.596 0.213 0.031 176.494
11 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 42 30.637 0.254 0.041 176.257
12 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 43 30.643 0.260 0.006 176.223
13 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 24 30.643 0.260 0.000 176.223
14 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 49 30.645 0.262 0.002 176.211
15 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 40 30.650 0.267 0.005 176.183
16 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 40 30.650 0.267 0.000 176.183
17 31 United States Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 52 30.661 0.278 0.011 176.120
18 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 45 30.668 0.285 0.007 176.079
19 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 42 30.689 0.306 0.021 175.959
20 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 52 30.697 0.314 0.008 175.913
21 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 42 30.700 0.317 0.003 175.896
22 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 31 30.731 0.348 0.031 175.718
23 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 25 30.733 0.350 0.002 175.707
24 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 37 30.745 0.362 0.012 175.638
25 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 38 30.746 0.363 0.001 175.633
26 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 46 30.748 0.365 0.002 175.621
27 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 29 30.822 0.439 0.074 175.200
28 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 33 30.831 0.448 0.009 175.148
29 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 27 30.849 0.466 0.018 175.046
30 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 31 30.970 0.587 0.121 174.362
31 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 34 31.090 0.707 0.120 173.689
32 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 41 31.139 0.756 0.049 173.416
33 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 31 31.150 0.767 0.011 173.355
34 51 Cody Ware  Chevrolet 10 31.463 1.080 0.313 171.630
35 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 13 31.853 1.470 0.390 169.529
36 52 Bayley Currey  Ford 13 31.875 1.492 0.022 169.412
37 27 United States Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 11 31.893 1.510 0.018 169.316
38 46 United States Joey Gase  Toyota 28 32.249 1.866 0.356 167.447
39 66 United States Timmy Hill  Toyota 24 32.629 2.246 0.380 165.497
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