Chase Bubble Watch: Truex Jr. safe after Chicago; Harvick anything but
RELATED: Full race results " Updated Chase Grid SHOP: Chase gear One race into the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and already some drivers are in bubble trouble. Let's find out which drivers went into their shells during the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, and who is sitting back, relaxing and chomping on pizza before New Hampshire. Who's hot: Martin Truex Jr .: He overcame a lot to win his first Chase race in the opener at Chicago. First, there was a shredded right-front tire that forced him to come to pit road and fall a lap down before the race was 90 laps old. He jumped back on the lead lap after a caution on Lap 119 and overcame Ryan Blaney on a restart in an overtime finish to pull away for the win. It was critical for Truex to do well on the intermediate track since two short tracks (New Hampshire, Dover) are up next in the Round of 16. Truex advances. (Note: The No. 78 failed post-race inspection but not to the level of an encumbered finish. Read more ) ... Chase Elliott : The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate appeared to have his first Sprint Cup Series race in the bag before a caution on Lap 262 for an accident involving the No. 95 of Michael McDowell . In the ensuing pit stop, Truex beat Elliott off pit road, and after an overtime restart, the No. 24 finished third. Still, it's a great way to start the Chase, and with three top-10 finishes in his past four races, Elliott seems to have turned his season around at the right time. Who's not: Kevin Harvick : The 2014 champ charged up from the back after starting there for unapproved adjustments and was poised to contend for the victory. But bad luck struck when he pitted under green just before a caution flag came out on Lap 48. Harvick couldn't beat the leader to the start/finish line on pit road and fell a lap down. He had a good car but finished 20th (15th among the 16 Chase drivers). ... Kyle Larson : The first-time Chase participant got off to a bad start when he had to move to the back because of a transmission change prior to the race. However, Larson fought his way back into the top five late in the race before he reported the right side of the car feeling like it was about to go down. Crew chief Chad Johnston called him to pit road with seven laps to go and Larson finished 18th (14th among Chase drivers) and was 15th in the Chase standings heading to New Hampshire. Four in, four out: Here's a look at the Chase bubble, with four drivers being eliminated after the third race of this round, at Dover International Speedway .
Veterans, rookies soak in Chase berth, prep for battle
RELATED: See all 16 Chase drivers " Full Chase grid " Richmond results The lights surrounding Richmond International Raceway were keeping darkness at bay, if not the insects, and the majority of fans had already begun to depart. Along pit road, 15 of the 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers were milling about - only race winner Denny Hamlin was elsewhere, in Victory Lane celebrating a win in last Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 with his Joe Gibbs Racing crew. Drivers lounged against pit wall, stood by their cars, spoke with crew man, media, owners or just one another. After 26 races, NASCAR's 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup field was officially set. "We're just going to have fun," Austin Dillon is telling someone. "We haven't been (locked in) the Chase all year; these other guys have. We're going to go and really just look to win and upset these guys." Dillon, 26, is making is his first appearance in the 10-race playoff, and carrying the hopes of Richard Childress Racing . Teammates Ryan Newman and Paul Menard failed to make the cut. RCR hasn't won a premier series title since 1994, a decade before the new Chase format debuted. "The pressure is off me," Dillon says. "I've been sweating it the last three weeks; I' m not going to take that approach going into Chicago. I'm going to have fun and go all out." Nearby, team owner and Dillon's grandfather Richard Childress wore a smile and a look of relief. Dillion isn't the only new face in this year's Chase. Kyle Larson and rookies Chase Elliott and Chris Buescher will be making their first appearances as well when the battle to determine this year's champion gets underway this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway . Larson and Buescher made the field thanks to career-first wins earlier this year. Dillon and Elliott qualified based on their respective points positions after the season's 26th race. They've been in championship battles before -- all but Larson are former XFINITY Series champs; Dillon has a Camping World Truck Series title as well. Still, none of the four can fully understand what lies ahead. Their crew chiefs do. Chad Johnston (Larson), Bob Osborne (Buescher), Alan Gustafson (Elliott) and Slugger Labbe (Dillon) have varying amounts of Chase experience and success. Kevin Harvick knows, too. The 40-year-old won it all in 2014, his first year with Stewart-Haas Racing , and finished second last season. Do the kids have a chance? "I guess that depends on how you approach it," Harvick, seated atop pit wall, tells a reporter. "Are you happy to be there or do you want to win? "There are obviously a lot of very competitive cars that can go out and win races but it's hard to win a race; it's hard to keep yourself in contention week after week, keep living up to that pressure, keep your cars prepared week after week and adapt to something that you might need to change … you have to be able to adapt on the fly. "Those are the things that you have to learn as you go through this. I would definitely say it's a disadvantage if you haven't been through this before." Eight organizations are represented in this year's Chase, the same number as last year and the year before. A few new faces and a few new names but the majority are old hands at this. None belong to Roush Fenway Racing , one of the few long-running, multi-team groups not represented. Buescher's Front Row group is Roush-affiliated -- in addition to a technical alliance, both Buescher and crew chief Osborne have RFR backgrounds. It seems like yesterday that the Roush organization was winning back-to-back titles with Matt Kenseth in 2003 and Kurt Busch in '04. Kenseth's crown was the last before the arrival of the Chase; Busch was the inaugural Chase champion. If RFR is missing, JGR is easy to spot. For the second consecutive year all four of its teams are headed into the Chase and that's an impressive accomplishment for any organization. MORE: Bruce: Toyota the Chase favorite? Stewart-Haas sends three of its four into the Chase, and no other group can boast that all of its Chase teams feature former series champions (Harvick, Busch and co-owner/driver Tony Stewart ). It's difficult to say what's been the most impressive aspect of Furniture Row Racing with driver Martin Truex Jr .: The team's speed and competitiveness this year or that they've now made the Chase with two different manufacturers. A year ago, the Denver-based team was aligned with RCR and Chevrolet; this year it's been JGR and Toyota. Didn’t skip a beat. Truex made it all the way to the final round at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season. His '16 chances, he said, are "as good as anybody's right now. "I don't think anybody's got a leg up on us," he said. "… The cars have been fast all year long. We have to do our job and be consistent … we've done that the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can keep it up." Hope is the prevailing feeling. That and a sense of accomplishment. Saturday night they took a moment to let it soak in. This weekend at Chicagoland, the battle begins again (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
No. 31 team gets P3 penalty, No. 42 P2 post-Darlington
RELATED: Chase Bubble picture NASCAR officials handed down a P3-level penalty to the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 team Wednesday, including a 15-point deduction that places an extra hurdle in driver Ryan Newman 's path to Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs eligibility. Newman finished eighth in last Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway , but his No. 31 Chevrolet failed its post-race pass through the Laser Inspection Station (LIS) platform. On Wednesday, competition officials docked the team 15 points in the drivers and team owners standings and fined crew chief Luke Lambert $25,000. Newman ended the Darlington weekend seven points behind Jamie McMurray , the last driver clinging to a playoff spot on the provisional Chase grid. The penalty leaves him in need of either winning or rallying to overcome a 22-point deficit in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), the regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway . Newman's No. 31 team was also docked 10 points in March for the use of unapproved body attachment mounts and supports at Atlanta Motor Speedway . Lambert was then placed on NASCAR probation through the end of the year. In a statement, Richard Childress Racing responded to the penalty and announced the team would not appeal. "We do not plan to appeal the penalty issued today to the No. 31 team. Our rear toe settings were well within specs during pre-race inspection. The car made contact with the outside wall during the race and there was clear damage to the right rear fender and tire. NASCAR has told us that the LIS standard is clear and the car must pass post-race inspection even if damage has been sustained." Competition officials on Wednesday also issued a P2-grade penalty to the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet team for a post-race LIS violation at Darlington. Third-place finisher Kyle Larson was docked 15 points and crew chief Chad Johnston was fined $22,500. The team also was assessed the loss of 15 owner points. With one win on the season and a 15th-place spot in the standings after Darlington, Larson is locked in for the Chase. Driver Ryan Blaney was tagged with a P1 penalty for a safety equipment infraction, and the driver was fined $1,000. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate took the NASCAR Throwback weekend concept too far by briefly participating in Saturday's practice without protective driving gloves. Other warnings issued after last weekend's events at Darlington: In the Sprint Cup Series, the Nos. 2 and 19 teams received written warnings and the loss of 15 minutes of practice time for failing pre-race LIS three times. The Nos. 22 and 32 teams were issued written warnings for failing pre-race LIS twice, and the No. 14 got a written warning for failing pre-race template inspection twice. In XFINITY , the No. 01 team was issued a written warning for failing pre-race LIS twice. And in the Camping World Truck Series, the Nos. 02 and 8 teams were issued written warnings for truck trailing arms not meeting rule specifications.
Keselowski gives insight into NASCAR Heat Evolution, available now
RELATED: Find out more, order NASCAR Heat Evolution CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sitting down with former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski as he gets comfortable behind the controller of an Xbox One is uncannily similar to broadcasters popping into the driver's No. 2 Team Penske Ford on a race day to inquire about his upcoming performance. He's eager, but focused and able to maintain an engaging conversation. For Keselowski, the difference between playing the new NASCAR Heat Evolution video game and driving in an actual race is simple. "It's a lot cheaper and doesn't hurt as much when I wreck," Keselowski told NASCAR.com. But there are more similarities than differences between playing the Dusenberry Martin Racing-produced video game -- available now for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Windows PC -- and an actual lap around a NASCAR track. For starters, NASCAR Heat Evolution features more than 40 drivers and all 23 licensed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tracks, a first in NASCAR gaming. Plus, up to 40 players can participate in the online version. To Keselowski, playing the game evokes the same emotions as they feel on race day. "I still get the same adrenaline (playing the video game) that I get when I'm racing," Keselowski said. "At the end of a race, you feel your heart rate go up, you feel the adrenaline pump -- that's in the car. When I'm racing in a video game, I get the same feeling. Like, it's coming down to the end, I've gotta close this out and your heart's beating fast. It's just a video game, but it's more than that to you in your mind." It's easy for gamers to feel as if they're actually in the driver's seat when playing NASCAR Heat Evolution, as the graphics are so superior to any racing game of its kind. "I really like the graphics, Keselowski said from behind his controller. "... I've never seen any type of motorsports video game with these kind of graphics." And with graphics so advanced, if you didn't know Keselowski was playing a video game, you might think you're watching a rerun of last year's Daytona 500 . "Oh, I just used up Jimmie (Johnson). Chad Knaus is not gonna be happy," Keselowski interjects as he stays focused on piloting his No. 2 around the iconic 2.5-mile superspeedway. In today's rapid world of technology, video games can often take much time and skill to master, leaving a novice or causal gamer frustrated. Finding the balance between realism and fun, NASCAR Heat Evolution features an adaptive artificial intelligence (AI), which adjusts to gamers' competence, keeping them challenged based on their skill level. Equal to the importance of the game's adaptive AI is the players' ability to relate and understand the connection between racing for hours in a video game and doing the same in real life. NASCAR Heat Evolution features numerous game play modes that allow gamers to run just a few laps or up to an entire race. Along with full-length races, the game includes a career mode that gives users an understanding of acquiring sponsors and how to improve their car race after race. "I think it's so important in our sport and really in any sport to be able to relate to what's going on," Keselowski said. "When you get to do it firsthand, any sport is more relatable. And so for NASCAR I think it's super, super critical to have a video game that anyone can try and they can say, 'Oh, this is a lot harder than it looks. Now I understand why such-and-such happened last week or why so-and-so is so mad that they wrecked after they just raced for three hours.' It all adds up and it makes more sense and I think you can relate to what's going on so much more and that's very important. "I think that at the heart of every NASCAR fan there's a competitor. They want to compete themselves at some level and this gives them the opportunity to do so."
Chad Knaus explains failed inspections at Pocono
No. 48 crew chief: 'We did our due diligence as extreme as we can' RELATED: Johnson overcomes hurdles for third-place finish Crew chief Chad Knaus of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team weighed in Monday on his team's third-place finish as well as its three failed inspections before the Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway . After going through inspection a fourth time before being cleared to race, the team fought back from a blown tire and contact with Matt Kenseth 's No. 20 before Jimmie Johnson brought home a podium finish. "We did our due diligence as extreme as we can," Knaus said on FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Race Hub" without specifying what the pre-race inspection holdup was. "We went through the first time and weren't in compliance. Went through a second and failed again. It's just about guys making the most out of every advantage that we can." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Larson's win was worth the wait
RELATED: Chase bubble update " Results BROOKLYN, Mich. -- He lost the race off pit road, and in his mind, victory had slipped from his grasp once again. So often. So many close calls. "I thought that was the race right there," Kyle Larson admitted. But this time he said it from Victory Lane. Where Sunday at Michigan International Speedway fate chose to frown on someone else. Confetti flew, fans cheered and fellow competitors stopped by to offer congratulations. Kyle Busch , one of the first to pit road, was waiting for Larson when the young driver finally pulled in for the celebration. Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski also dropped in. So, too, did Jamie McMurray , Larson's teammate. Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, is 24. And he's now a first-time winner in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, capturing the Pure Michigan 400 in his 99th career start. The win secured one of the final playoff spots for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Championship dreams were rekindled for a driver and team that had ridden on the razor's edge almost since his arrival in NASCAR. There have been fuel-mileage plays that didn't pan out, late charges that ended with bent sheet metal and crushed hopes. But not this time. "No question the kid has talent; the kid can drive," Ganassi said. "We just have to put a weekend together." Ganassi knows. He's won in six different series in which his various teams compete. If it has wheels and goes fast, Ganassi has likely fielded a winner. Sunday's outcome was still in question when the late-race battle between Larson and Chase Elliott began to unfold. When the two drivers -- both young, eager and winless -- hit pit road for green-flag stops on Lap 158, Larson was the race leader. When they exited just seconds later, Elliott, after all others had stopped for service, was out front. Larson charged, trimming the deficit to Elliott in half. Lapped traffic erased the gains. And then the caution flag, this one for debris, appeared for a final time. While crew chief Chad Johnston said he thought the team's final stop "was a little bit slow," he refused to change the team's game plan. "It's hard to talk yourself into staying out two more laps or three more laps when you know those guys are gaining ... track position with each lap, but the worst thing you can do is let them force your hand and then run it out of fuel at the end," Johnston said. "So we stood our ground and pitted when we needed to pit, just lost a lot of ground through lapped traffic. ... "We needed that last restart, and Kyle did everything he needed to do to have the lead off (Turn 2)." Second at Fontana and Loudon and Kansas two years ago; second at Dover this year. Larson's been third, fourth and fifth several times as well. Often enough that some have questioned how badly he wanted to win, but they've never questioned his talent. "There have been a couple where I could have done things differently to get the win," Larson, flanked by son Owen and Johnston, said afterward. "For a few months you guys keep asking, 'What if?' ... Now I've won so we don't have to talk about that anymore." Winning races isn't new for the Elk Grove, California, native. Winning quickly hadn't been either. Until he got to NASCAR's top level. Even then, he showed flashes of potential, but potential didn't outrun everyone. "This feels different for me because it's taken me a lot longer than in any of the other stuff to get a win," Larson said. "It took me a couple of months to win my first sprint car race ... a few months to win when I got into USAC. I guess it took me a few years to win an Outlaw race, but I'd still been winning sprint car races. "But this, after the way my rookie season started, coming close a few times, not getting it done, you can visualize the win that early in your career. It's going to happen. It's going to happen. But it just never happened. "This one's different just because of how long we had to wait and how much harder I've had to work for it. It's special because all the hard work's paid off." Ganassi brought Larson up to Sprint Cup when he was only 20. Too soon, some said. He'll be gone elsewhere, others speculated, where he can be with a winning team. "That wasn't the case at all," Ganassi said, recalling how he once asked his young driver about other teams expressing interest. "I'll never forget his answer," Ganassi said. "He said, 'They all had a shot at me the first time around and they passed.' " They'll celebrate throwbacks next weekend at Darlington Raceway when the Bojangles' Southern 500 weekend gets underway. On Sunday at Michigan they were throwing it forward. There's a new Sprint Cup winner in town. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Kyle Larson gets first Sprint Cup win at Michigan
RELATED: Results " Standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Larson gear BROOKLYN, Mich. -- In the last few laps of Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway , tears began to well up in Kyle Larson 's eyes. When Larson subsequently took the checkered flag to win the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of his career, the emotion was all but overwhelming -- and for good reason. The victory came in Larson's 99th start in the series, long after most observers expected Larson to record his first win. It also broke a 99-race drought for Chip Ganassi Racing , dating to Jamie McMurray 's victory at Talladega in October 2013. With the triumph, Larson earned a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time in his career, moving winless Ryan Newman 15 points out of the last Chase-eligible position with two races left in the regular season. With Brett Moffitt winning in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Michigan and Michael McDowell prevailing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. -- both on Saturday -- Larson's triumph capped the first weekend in NASCAR history that produced first-time winners in all three national series. It also marked the first time a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs has reached Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The emotions of the moment, however, were magnified by the recent death at age 27 of Bryan Clauson, who was fatally injured in a midget car accident on Aug. 6 in Belleville, Kan. Larson came to NASCAR from open-wheel racing, and he and Clauson were close friends. "Parked it!" yelled Larson after he took the checkered flag, echoing Clauson's signature victory cry. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet followed with a celebratory burnout that left a trail of rubber across Victory Lane. Larson then exited his car, took the checkered flag from the flag man and leapt into the arms of his fueler, who had run out into the infield to congratulate his driver. "I was teared-up that whole last few laps, because I could just feel it," Larson said. "It was finally going to be it. This one is for the Clauson family. We really miss Bryan. We're going to miss him. We parked it for him, so that's really cool. "We had a lot of work to do for that first third of the race, and got it done. Thanks to (sponsor) Target. Thanks to everyone on this team. (Crew chief) Chad (Johnston) and the pit crew and everybody. We messed up that last stop but we made it back." In fact, Larson lost the lead to race runner-up Chase Elliott when both drivers made their final pit stops under green on Lap 156 of 200. Elliott beat Larson out of the pits by a half car-length and began to pull away. But a caution on Lap 187 because of Michael Annett 's blown right front tire gave Larson the chance he needed. With a hard push from third-place finisher Brad Keselowski , Larson took the lead on the final restart on Lap 192, as Elliott spun his tires and lost momentum in the outside lane. Larson crossed the finish line with a 1.478-second advantage over Elliott, who passed Keselowski for the second spot on Lap 193. Still seeking his first victory in his rookie season, Elliott had an opportunity to win at Michigan in June but likewise fell victim to a late restart. "Bummer again here," said Elliott, making no attempt to hide his disappointment. "I hate to let my guys down is the biggest thing. For the second time, this has happened. I made a mistake early on in the race. I asked my guys to bail me out (on the final pit stop), and they did. Unfortunately, I didn't do my part again. "That's a couple races in a row in just a few short months here at this place we had a really good car, had an opportunity. That's one thing I try really hard to do is make the most of opportunities when they're presented. Obviously I didn't do a very good job of that here both trips. Need to do my restarts a little better. That's obviously not a strong point, at least here at Michigan." The second-place finish, however, solidified Elliott's position relative to the Chase. He's currently 11th in the standings, highest among drivers without a victory and 27 points ahead of Newman, who finished 17th on Sunday. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Blaney finished fourth, holding off fifth-place Kevin Harvick and sixth-place Jimmie Johnson over the final nine-lap run.
Chad Boat slams wall late in Talladega race
Chad Boat takes a hard hit to the inside wall at Talladega Superspeedway after a single car spin in the Aaron's 312.
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Carl Edwards paces final Kentucky practice
Final practice recap " Final practice speeds " See the full starting lineup For the second time on Friday, Carl Edwards ' No. 19 Toyota soared to the top of the leaderboard with a fast lap of 187.448 mph in the final practice at Kentucky Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver also paced the field in the previous practice and will roll off the grid fifth in Saturday's Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Martin Truex Jr. ranked second on the speed charts, his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota clocking in at 186.528 mph. Kyle Larson wheeled his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet at 186.387 mph to earn the third spot on the leaderboard, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. piloted his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet fourth-fastest at 186.091 mph. Reigning race winner Kyle Busch rounded out the top five in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, notching a fast lap of 185.989 mph. Denny Hamlin , who topped Friday's opening session, experienced a rough start to the final session when his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota brushed the wall coming out of Turns 3 and 4. Kurt Busch's No. 41 Chevrolet spun and made contact with the wall toward the end of practice, bringing out the caution flag and forcing Busch to a backup -- and to the rear -- for Saturday's 400-miler. The Sprint Cup Series is back on track Saturday for the Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM Radio). Practice 3 recap " Practice 3 results Carl Edwards led Friday's second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice after rain shortened the earlier scheduled run. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver set the pace for the field with a speed of 188.633 mph. The second session ran for approximately 40 minutes and followed a heavy downpour. Martin Truex Jr. was second-fastest to Edwards at 187.774 mph in his No. 78 Toyota. Kyle Larson was third-fastest (187.487 mph) in the second session after coming in as fifth-fastest in Friday's opening run. Kyle Busch, who was fourth on the speed chart (187.123 mph), had a close call after getting loose coming around a turn and nearly hit the wall, but the defending Sprint Cup Series champion saved his No. 18 Toyota from any damage. Austin Dillon was fifth on the leaderboard at 187.097 mph. Jimmie Johnson , who went to a backup No. 48 Chevrolet after damaging his first car in Friday's opening practice, finished eighth in the day's second session driving his alternate car (186.561 mph). Johnson was second-fastest in Friday's first practice. Practice 2 recap " Practice 2 results Propelled by a fast lap of 188.285 mph in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Denny Hamlin topped Friday's first of two scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices at Kentucky Speedway in a session that was cut short due to inclement weather. The session was scheduled from 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m. ET, but cars were called to the garage just before 11:30 a.m. ET with severe thunderstorms in the area. Twenty minutes later it began to rain. MORE: Stay updated on the weather Next on the leaderboard was Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson , who posted the early fast speed of 188.121 mph before being overtaken by Hamlin. Johnson also hit the wall solidly during a later run, which led to crew chief Chad Knaus urging the crew to bring out the backup car. "I just got wide," Johnson said of the wreck. "I didn't have anything go wrong, I just got wide and the car just started going straight and it wouldn't turn. I was in the marbles. I couldn't see the line where the track was clean and dirty and it just kept going straight and straight and straight and hit the wall." Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick was third on the speed charts with a fast lap of 188.088 mph in his No. 4 Chevrolet. Ty Dillon was fourth with a speed of 188.042 mph in the No. 95 Chevrolet while Kyle Larson rounded out the top five with a top speed of 187.963 mph in his No. 42 Chevrolet. One day after Toyotas posted the four fastest speeds in opening practice, Chevrolets held seven of the top eight fastest times Friday. Carl Edwards , who led Thursday's session, was ninth Friday (187.461 mph) in the No. 19 Toyota. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the 10th-fastest time (187.007 mph) and was the top Ford on the board.