Recaps of Friday's practices from all series
May 30, 2014, Staff Report, NASCAR.com
Strong day for Kyle Busch; Chase Elliott leads both NNS practices
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Sprint Cup Series Practice 1 | Results
A late run in qualifying trim put Kyle Busch on the top spot in Friday's first practice at Dover International Speedway, an 80-minute session that saw the top 10 constantly reshuffled late in the session.
In the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Busch's best lap speed was 166.297 mph. He was the only driver to break the 166-mph threshold.
Tony Stewart jumped all the way to second place after spending the majority of Friday's practice outside the top 10. His lap of 165.609 mph in his No. 14 Chevy came just as practice ended.
Another late run from Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet (165.183 mph) was good enough for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to finish third, ahead of Newman (165.130 mph) and Brad Keselowski (164.888 mph). Keselowski finishing fifth in a Team Penske Ford ensured all three manufacturers were represented in the top five.
Edwards (164.752 mph), who was in the top spot until the final flurry of fast laps, finished sixth in his No. 99 Ford. Behind Edwards were Jeff Gordon (164.714 mph), Austin Dillon (164.692 mph), Denny Hamlin (164.669 mph) and Marcos Ambrose (164.594).
Jimmie Johnson, who won last week's race in Charlotte and has won five of the past 10 Dover races, finished 15th with a speed of 164.219 mph. He was in first for nearly the entire first hour, before cars ran their qualifying packages. His Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. (163.934 mph) and Kasey Kahne (161.247 mph) finished 16th and 35th, respectively.
Sprint Cup Series qualifying is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. ET later in the day with coverage on FOX Sports 1.
Nationwide Series Final Practice | Results
Elliott's speed of 154.692 mph on his second of 33 laps was good enough to lead the 80-minute session at Dover. Earlier Friday, Elliott led the first 50-minute session with a speed of 157.618 mph.
In the second session, Brian Scott was just behind Elliott with a speed of 154.606 mph. His lap time was just .013 seconds off the lead.
Trevor Bayne jumped to third place on the leaderboard by posting a speed of 154.381 mph on his 45th lap just before practice ended.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Joey Logano (154.248 mph), Kyle Busch (153.984 mph) and Matt Kenseth (153.492 mph) followed the trio of Nationwide Series drivers at the top to complete the top six. Logano, who finished fifth in the first practice, has won four consecutive Nationwide Series races at the 1-mile concrete oval.
Qualifying for the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket is Saturday at 10:40 a.m. ET (ESPN2). Race coverage begins later that day at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Nationwide Series Practice 1 | Results
Chase Elliott may have lost his Nationwide Series points lead to teammate Regan Smith last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but his quest to regain it got off on the right foot as the rookie topped opening practice at Dover International Speedway on Friday.
The JR Motorsports driver ran 39 laps during the session, the fastest of which came on his 14th lap with a best speed of 157.618 mph. Smith ran only 16 laps and placed ninth on the leaderboard at 154.248.
Last week's winner at Charlotte, Kyle Larson, was sixth at 154.852.
Elliott Sadler, sandwiched between Smith and Elliott in the standings, was eighth with a best speed of 154.666.
Camping World Truck Series Final Practice | Results
Less than 90 minutes after posting the fastest time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opening practice, Kyle Busch led the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice that was delayed one day by rain.
With a fast speed of 156.788 mph, Busch may have established himself as the favorite in Friday's Lucas Oil 200 (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). His No. 51 Toyota led Thursday's opening practice -- though it was just a 10-minute session due to rain -- and will also sit in the pole. With all of the rain on Thursday, the qualifying session was changed to final practice and the lineup was set by owner points.
Ryan Blaney (156.590 mph) was second Friday in his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford. Timothy Peters (155.912 mph), series points leader Matt Crafton (155.461 mph) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (155.179 mph) rounded out the top five.
Jeb Burton's No. 13 Toyota had a right front tire go down, sending the vehicle hard into the wall and briefly bringing out the red flag. Burton, who finished the session 10th (154.030 mph), was forced to go to his backup truck.
The Lucas Oil 200 will take place Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).