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Montoya fastest in early Sprint practice

April 20, 2013, Staff report,

Stenhouse Jr., Almirola close behind

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Juan Pablo Montoya took the best speed at Saturday morning's Sprint Cup Series practice at Kansas Speedway. Montoya clocked a best speed of 190.671 mph and a best lap of 28.321 seconds on Lap 14. Montoya ran a total of 35 laps.


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Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was close behind in the No. 17, clocking a best lap of 28.402 seconds, .081 seconds off Montoya's speed. Aric Almirola was right behind Stenhouse, with a lap .09 seconds off the leader. Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards completed the top five.

Despite running the most laps at 40, Kyle Busch's best lap time was 28.472 seconds, making him seventh-fastest on the leaderboard. Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth was 15th-fastest.

Danica Patrick finished 37th-fastest, one spot on the speed charts ahead of Jeff Gordon. Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski finished 28th-fastest, .612 seconds off the leader's pace.

The second and final practice of the day will take place at 12:30 p.m. ET and will be aired on SPEED.


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