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Friday practice recaps from Pocono, Iowa

August 01, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Friday practice recaps from Pocono, Iowa
Kyle Larson tops opening Truck Series practice; Kurt Busch heads Cup session

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Sprint Cup Series practice 1 | Results

In search of his first win since March, Kurt Busch kicked off his weekend on a good note, topping opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday morning at Pocono Raceway.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver clocked his 15th of 16 laps at a clip of 180.353 mph, edging Team Penske's Brad Keselowski (180.155 mph). Keselowski's teammate Joey Logano was right behind him at 179.791 mph in third place, while Kyle Larson, who topped opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, was fourth at 179.508 mph. Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five at 179.372 mph.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won at Pocono in June, was ninth on the charts at 179.176 mph.

Pocono whiz Jimmie Johnson struggled in the session, placing 30th overall with a best speed of 176.623 mph.

Kevin Harvick (179.315 mph), AJ Allmendinger (179.251 mph), Brian Vickers (179.197 mph) and Jamie McMurray (179.083 mph) were also fast, all placing in the top 10.

The next Cup practice kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

Nationwide Series final practice | Results

Brendan Gaughan topped Friday's Nationwide Series final practice at Iowa Speedway with a high speed of 133.469 mph.

Gaughan ranked fourth in the opening practice at the track.

Josh Berry, making his Nationwide Series debut this weekend, was second-fastest in the final session turning a 133.333 mph lap around the track.

Kenny Wallace (132.923 mph), Ryan Reed (132.917 mph) and Trevor Bayne (132.760 mph) round out the top five fastest. 

Ryan Sieg brought out the only caution of practice when he spun in Turn 4, but made no contact.

NASCAR confiscated ballast from the No. 23 of Carl Long's car and are sending the part to NASCAR's Research & Development for further investigation. 

The Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying takes place Saturday at 4:40 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland will run shortly after qualifying at 8 p.m. ET.

Nationwide Series first practice | Results

Chase Pistone topped Friday's opening practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa Speedway, turning a 132.142 mph lap around the 7/8-mile track.

Pistone, driving the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 31 Chevrolet, is scheduled to make just his second start of the season and third of his Nationwide career in Saturday night's U.S. Cellular 250 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Part-time driver Sam Hornish Jr., who won the series' previous race this year at Iowa, was second-fastest at 131.135 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Regan Smith, Brendan Gaughan and Dylan Kwasniewski -- Pistone's teammate -- completed the top five.

Series points leader Chase Elliott was 11th-fastest on the leaderboard.

Camping World Truck Series final practice | Results

Timothy Peters set the pace in final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice Friday afternoon, putting the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota atop the leaderboard at Pocono Raceway.

Peters turned a fast lap of 165.975 mph on the 2.5-mile triangular track. He was just ahead of Kyle Larson, leader of the series' opening practice, who clocked a 164.947 mph lap in the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 32 Chevrolet.

Defending series champion Matt Crafton claimed third on the final practice speed charts in the ThorSport Racing No. 88 Toyota. Larson's Turner Scott teammate Ben Kennedy took fourth wth Justin Lofton of NTS Motorsports completing the top five.

Current points leader Ryan Blaney, the defending race winner, was seventh-fastest of the 30 drivers to participate in final practice.

Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will be held Saturday at 10:10 a.m. ET (FOX Sports 1) with the Pocono Mountains 150 getting underway at 1 p.m. ET later Saturday (FS1).

Camping World Truck Series practice 1 | Results

Pocono Raceway didn't prove tricky for Kyle Larson during opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice on Friday, as the Turner Scott Motorsports driver topped the charts by a large margin.

Pulling his No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado around the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle" at a clip of 166.670 mph, Larson topped runner-up Timothy Peters (165.825 mph) by close to 1 full mph, running his best and final lap on his 10th circuit.

Justin Lofton (165.603), Ben Kennedy (165.107) and Austin Dillon (165.101) rounded out the top five behind Larson and Peters.

Thirty trucks took the track in the practice, with Erik Jones (eighth, 164.905 mph) running the most laps of the session at 27.

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