Kurt Busch blazes trail in Cup final practice
July 27, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Kurt Busch, a frequent pace-setter in practice sessions this season, topped the speed charts again Saturday morning in final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Busch, driving the No. 78 Chevrolet for Furniture Row Racing, claimed the top of the leaderboard with a lap at 188.419 mph with about seven minutes left in the 85-minute session, which was cut short of its scheduled two-hour duration because of damp, drizzly conditions. Busch’s speed was significantly faster than the track qualifying record of 186.293 mph, set by Casey Mears in August 2004.
Kasey Kahne, in the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, was second-fastest at 188.210 mph in final preparation for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard (1 p.m. ET, Sunday, ESPN). He was just ahead of former Indianapolis 500 winner JuanPablo Montoya, who was third-best (187.664 mph) in the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevy.
Series points leader Jimmie Johnson -- Kahne’s Hendrick teammate and a winner at Indy four times in the last seven years -- was fourth-fastest in the opening practice as Chevrolet swept the top four spots on the leaderboard. Marcos Ambrose was fifth-fastest in the best Ford, just ahead of the fastest Toyota of Kyle Busch in sixth.
The Sprint Cup Series has Coors Light Pole qualifying scheduled later Saturday at 2:10 p.m. ET.