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Edwards paces final Cup practice

October 05, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Edwards paces final Cup practice
All three Richard Childress Racing cars finish in top 10

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Carl Edwards topped the leaderboard in Saturday afternoon's final practice at Kansas Speedway, continuing his powerful performance since the No. 99 team unloaded.

His speed of 184.982 mph in the second of two practice sessions Saturday was his best outing of the weekend. Edwards finished in the top 10 in the previous two practices, second in a Thursday tire test and will start ninth Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

In the final on-track time before Sunday's 400-mile event on the 1.5-mile facility, all three Richard Childress Racing cars were in the top 10. Paul Menard was behind Edwards in second with a speed of 183.955, while Coors Light Pole winner Kevin Harvick (183.474) and Jeff Burton (183.430) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Brad Keselowski (183.905), series points leader Matt Kenseth (183.874 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (183.811) rounded out the top five in the second Saturday session.


Kenseth and Johnson, who sit 1-2 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, were the only drivers to finish in the top five of both practice sessions Saturday.

Juan Pablo Montoya (183.780) was sixth in the final session, Brian Vickers (183.349) finished ninth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (183.331) was 10th. Stenhouse Jr., Montoya, Harvick and Vickers all finished in the top 10 in Saturday's first session as well.

Despite success from his Roush Fenway Racing teammates Edwards and Stenhouse Jr., Greg Biffle continued to struggle. The No. 16 team adjusted the car's setup in between practice sessions, but it didn't produce the desired speed. Biffle finished 26th, the worst showing among the 13 Chase drivers.

Earlier Saturday in the opening 50-minute practice session, both Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch smacked the wall in separate incidents. Both drivers also had to unload their backup cars, which means both will start at the rear of the field Sunday.

Kurt Busch was 11th in the final session in his backup No. 78 Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch was 25th.

Aric Almirola spun five minutes into the second practice, bringing out the caution, but his No. 43 Ford didn't take on any damage.


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