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Kyle Larson Takes First Practice at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA — With teams executing a variety of different agendas on Friday morning at Richmond International Raceway, Kyle Larson was the fastest driver in the opening round of practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 — the final event on the Sprint Cup Series regular season schedule.

Larson paced the field with a fast time of 21.508 seconds at 125.535 mph around the Virginia short track and was followed by a hodge-podge of drivers that included Casey Mears, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch within the top-5. The speed was encouraging for Larson who is one of a handful of drivers who must win on Saturday night in order to qualify for the Chase for the Championship that begins next week at Chicagoland Speedway.

The event was uneventful in terms of incidents or spins despite the field practicing during the heat of day.

Goodyear has brought a new right side tire and has replaced the multi-zone tread tire with a different compound entirely.

  1. Kyle Larson 21.508
  2. Casey Mears -0.021
  3. Brad Keselowski -0.082
  4. Kevin Harvick -0.124
  5. Kyle Busch -0.145
  6. AJ Allmendinger -0.158
  7. Martin Truex Jr -0.161
  8. Carl Edwards -0.167
  9. Ryan Newman -0.173
  10. Joey Logano -0.190
  11. Matt Kenseth -0.234
  12. Danica Patrick -0.253
  13. Jimmie Johnson -0.256
  14. Kurt Busch -0.265
  15. Dale Earnhardt Jr -0.278
  16. Austin Dillon -0.279
  17. Paul Menard -0.329
  18. Denny Hamlin -0.337
  19. David Ragan -0.342
  20. Clint Bowyer -0.348
  21. Aric Almirola -0.349
  22. Justin Allgaier -0.364
  23. Jeff Gordon -0.408
  24. Kasey Kahne -0.421
  25. Brian Scott -0.461
  26. Sam Hornish Jr -0.480
  27. Tony Stewart -0.502
  28. Jamie McMurray -0.503
  29. Josh Wise -0.507
  30. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -0.520
  31. David Gilliland -0.520
  32. Trevor Bayne -0.549
  33. Michael McDowell -0.554
  34. Greg Biffle -0.559
  35. Michael Annett -0.571
  36. Cole Whitt -0.577
  37. Matt DiBenedeto -0.577
  38. Brett Moffitt -0.610
  39. Landon Cassill -0.657
  40. Alex Bowman -0.699
  41. JJ Yeley -0.780
  42. Jeb Burton -0.795
  43. Reed Sorenson -0.957
  44. Jeffrey Earnhardt -0.963
  45. Timmy Hill -1.542

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By Matt Weaver

Matt Weaver is the Executive Editor of POPULAR SPEED. He has covered NASCAR since 2011 and full-time since 2013. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He has been published all across the country and routinely makes radio appearances on Sirius XM Satellite radio and NBC Sports Radio Network.