Speeds top 200 mph in first Cup practice
June 13, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Speeds in Friday's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session neared Joey Logano's track qualifying record of 203.949 mph at Michigan International Speedway, making a new track record during qualifying look likely.
Kasey Kahne, who was the first driver to top 200 mph in the session, returned to the top of the leaderboard as the practice session winded down. His best speed was 203.332 mph, with a best lap time of 35.410 seconds. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the second spot in his No. 88 National Guard/Superman Chevrolet with a lap at 202.943 mph. Rounding out the top three was Kurt Busch (202.680 mph); Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon completed the top five.
Chevrolet had a strong showing in the session, speeding to the top seven spots in the leaderboard. Brad Keselowski was the first non-Chevy driver on the chart in eighth in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford.
Defending race-winner Logano finished 26th.
With the low temperatures in Michigan -- it was only 63 degrees during the practice session -- expect the speed to continue throughout the weekend. The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track at 3:40 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole qualifying (FOX Sports 1).