Kurt Busch Leads the Way in Practice

Kurt Busch led the way during the second practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet posted a lap of 28.606 and a speed of 188.772 mph to top the charts in the second Sprint Cup Series practice. Carl Edwards was second in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with a lap of 28.629. Edwards won the Coca-Cola 600 the last time the series competed at Charlotte in May.

Ryan Newman was third fastest in the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing at 28.780. Martin Truex Jr. was fourth at 28.789 and Joey Logano was fifth with a lap time of 28.802.

Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-10. Johnson, who was eliminated from the Chase after the last race of the Challenger round at Dover International Speedway last week, was the fastest of the non-Chase entrants.

Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth timed in at 22nd-place and Kevin Harvick placed in 25th. Jeff Gordon rounded out the Chase drivers in 32nd.

The final practice for the Sprint Cup drivers is scheduled for Friday evening from 6:30-7:20 p.m.ET and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2024, I'm on my ninth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Blazing Saddles" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."


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