Kenseth and Truex run identical speeds, top first Richmond practice

Matt Kenseth led first practice at Richmond Raceway on Friday morning.

Kenseth and Truex run identical speeds, top first Richmond practice

After five minutes, Kenseth topped the speed chart with a single-lap of 120.897mph which held up through the 55-minute session. Kenseth is currently eighth in the Monster Energy Cup standings but still looking for his first victory in 2017.

“I feel like this is one of our better tracks,” Kenseth said. “We qualified well in the spring, led a lot early, then got off on our setup a little bit at the end of the race. Really I’m still thinking about trying to get that win.”

Martin Truex Jr. was second quick followed by Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Kenseth completed nine laps during the first five minutes of the first practice session. Truex (120.897mph) was second and matched Kenseth’s speed — followed by Keselowski (120.380mph), Earnhardt (120.032mph), Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Bowyer and Danica Patrick. Thirty-one drivers completed initial laps.

Kenseth and Truex held the top two positions after 15 minutes with Kyle Busch (120.423mph) moving up to third followed by Kyle Larson (120.401mph), Keselowski, Earnhardt, Denny Hamlin (120.011mph) Jones, Kevin Harvick and Stenhouse.

Halfway through the session, the top 10 drivers had not changed on the speed chart. Logano was 11th followed by Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray, Patrick, Daniel Suarez, Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney.

Hamlin led the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average category with a speed of 118.948mph followed by Keselowski (118.808mph), Bowyer (118.749mph), Newman (118.636mph), Harvick (118.522mph), Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Stenhouse, Patrick and Jones.

The top 10 drivers’ speed held throughout the session. Michael McDowell’s 58 laps were the most completed.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 20 united_states Matt Kenseth 
Toyota 51 22.333     120.897
2 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr. 
Toyota 29 22.333 0.000 0.000 120.897
3 18 united_states Kyle Busch 
Toyota 36 22.421 0.088 0.088 120.423
4 42 united_states Kyle Larson 
Chevrolet 25 22.425 0.092 0.004 120.401
5 2 united_states Brad Keselowski 
Ford 39 22.429 0.096 0.004 120.380
6 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
Chevrolet 47 22.494 0.161 0.065 120.032
7 11 united_states Denny Hamlin 
Toyota 51 22.498 0.165 0.004 120.011
8 77 united_states Erik Jones 
Toyota 46 22.512 0.179 0.014 119.936
9 4 united_states Kevin Harvick 
Ford 23 22.513 0.180 0.001 119.931
10 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
Ford 41 22.533 0.200 0.020 119.824
11 22 united_states Joey Logano 
Ford 37 22.550 0.217 0.017 119.734
12 31 united_states Ryan Newman 
Chevrolet 43 22.557 0.224 0.007 119.697
13 14 united_states Clint Bowyer 
Ford 37 22.571 0.238 0.014 119.623
14 41 united_states Kurt Busch 
Ford 39 22.590 0.257 0.019 119.522
15 1 united_states Jamie McMurray 
Chevrolet 39 22.595 0.262 0.005 119.495
16 10 united_states Danica Patrick 
Ford 21 22.599 0.266 0.004 119.474
17 19 mexico Daniel Suarez 
Toyota 49 22.620 0.287 0.021 119.363
18 34 united_states Landon Cassill 
Ford 49 22.636 0.303 0.016 119.279
19 3 united_states Austin Dillon 
Chevrolet 43 22.652 0.319 0.016 119.195
20 21 united_states Ryan Blaney 
Ford 38 22.652 0.319 0.000 119.195
21 38 united_states David Ragan 
Ford 32 22.668 0.335 0.016 119.111
22 24 united_states Chase Elliott 
Chevrolet 44 22.678 0.345 0.010 119.058
23 5 united_states Kasey Kahne 
Chevrolet 29 22.686 0.353 0.008 119.016
24 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson 
Chevrolet 47 22.709 0.376 0.023 118.896
25 6 united_states Trevor Bayne 
Ford 38 22.789 0.456 0.080 118.478
26 37 united_states Chris Buescher 
Chevrolet 29 22.796 0.463 0.007 118.442
27 43 united_states Aric Almirola 
Ford 40 22.809 0.476 0.013 118.374
28 13 united_states Ty Dillon 
Chevrolet 46 22.888 0.555 0.079 117.966
29 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto 
Ford 41 22.939 0.606 0.051 117.703
30 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger 
Chevrolet 29 22.942 0.609 0.003 117.688
31 27 united_states Paul Menard 
Chevrolet 20 22.957 0.624 0.015 117.611
32 83 united_states Corey Lajoie 
Toyota 22 23.025 0.692 0.068 117.264
33 55 united_states Reed Sorenson 
Chevrolet 21 23.091 0.758 0.066 116.929
34 72 united_states Cole Whitt 
Chevrolet 25 23.116 0.783 0.025 116.802
35 95 united_states Michael McDowell 
Chevrolet 58 23.157 0.824 0.041 116.595
36 23 united_states Gray Gaulding 
Toyota 27 23.401 1.068 0.244 115.380
37 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt 
Chevrolet 39 23.503 1.170 0.102 114.879
38 51 united_states Cody Ware 
Chevrolet 11 23.803 1.470 0.300 113.431
39 15 united_states Derrike Cope 
Toyota 24 23.918 1.585 0.115 112.886
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