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Kenseth, Keselowski finish tied in final practice

November 02, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion may not have finished on the lead lap in Friday night's Camping World Truck Series event, but he dominated in a pair of practice sessions in his full-time ride on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski followed up a third-place showing in the morning Cup practice by tying Matt Kenseth atop the leaderboard in the final session ahead of Sunday's AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). Keselowski bettered his early speed of 188.107 mph, running his No. 2 Penske Racing Ford at a clip of 189.434 mph on the first of his 48 laps around the 1.5-mile facility.

Points leader Matt Kenseth also improved from session to session, placing tied for first in the later practice after finishing 15th earlier in the day. His speed matched Keselowski's at 189.434 mph, and Kenseth finished on a high note as he heads into another showdown with Chase co-leader Jimmie Johnson. Paul Menard (189.168), Kyle Busch (188.937) and Martin Truex Jr. (188.818) completed the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (188.232) and Jeff Gordon (187.793) were sixth and seventh, respectively, improving upon a rough early session in which they were 20th and 23rd. Coors Light Pole Award-winner Carl Edwards (187.182) was 10th.

Johnson dealt with a throttle pedal issue and was forced to the garage mid-practice to work on it. He placed 16th in the session after being sixth earlier in the day.

A day after qualifying 26th, any adjustments made to Clint Bowyer's No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota are paying off, as the driver paced the field in the first of the two practices. He was 12th in the second.

In the early session, Bowyer's 188.422 mph, achieved on his second of 18 laps, bested Kyle Busch (188.350) and Keselowski (188.107). Truex Jr. (187.885) and two-time Texas winner Greg Biffle (187.859) completed the top five in that session.

 

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