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Roush Fenway Racing stands apart in practice

April 19, 2013, Staff report,

Fords dominate opening session; Kyle Busch goes to back-up car

Full practice results

Roush Fenway Racing Fords displayed envy-inducing speed Friday afternoon at Kansas Speedway in the first practice session for Sunday’s STP 400.


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Carl Edwards, who is fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, turned in the fastest time of the opening session with a speed of 192.055 mph. His RFR teammates weren't too far behind, either.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driving the No. 17, was second with a speed of 191.857 mph; Greg Biffle turned in a sixth-best speed of 191.056 mph.

Sam Hornish Jr., making his return to the Sprint Cup Series, was third on the afternoon. Driving the No. 12 car -- also a Ford -- for Penske Racing, Hornish finished with a best speed of 191.557 mph.

Other Fords in the top 10 included Richard Petty Motorsports teammates Aric Almirola's No. 43 (fifth) and Marcos Ambrose's No. 9 (ninth).

Martin Truex Jr., who finished second last weekend in Texas, piloted his No. 56 Toyota to a fifth-best time of 191.476 mph. He was on the only non-Ford in the top six.

Kyle Busch, who practiced earlier in the day for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, hit the wall in Turn 2 early, sending his No. 18 Toyota into the garage. Busch, who is second in the points standings, went to a back-up car, and he’ll be able to start from wherever he qualifies later Friday. He finished 17th in the opening practice session.

Qualifying for the STP 400 is at 4:40 p.m. ET and is televised on SPEED. There are also two practices scheduled for Saturday, one at 10 a.m. ET and one at 2 p.m. ET.


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