Matt Kenseth fastest in final practice at Auto Club Speedway

Matt Kenseth topped the chart in final Sprint Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway.  The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 38.831 and a speed of 185.419 mph.

Carl Edwards was second in his No. 19 JGR Toyota with a time of 38.846 and a speed of 185.347 mph. Ryan Blaney was third in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford with a time of 38.885 and a speed of 185.161 mph. Joey Logano was fourth in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford with a time of 38.898 and a speed of 185.099 mph. Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five in his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with a time of 38.904 and a speed of 185.071 mph.

Austin Dillon was sixth in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Martin Truex Jr. was seventh in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Jamie McMurray was eighth in his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Kasey Kahne was ninth in his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Ryan Newman rounded out the top-10 in his No. 31 RCR Chevrolet.

Late in the session, Kyle Larson got loose exiting turn 4. Trying to go to the outside of the No. 42 CGR Chevrolet, Greg Biffle slammed into the rear of Larson. Larson went to a backup car and will start tomorrow’s race from the rear of the field. Biffle’s team has yet to go to their backup as of the publishing of this piece.

The next time the Sprint Cup Series cars are back on track will be tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. for the Auto Club 400.


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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 2023, I'm on my eighth 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 "Your Name" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."


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