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Harvick, Vickers top Saturday's Cup practices

March 22, 2014, Staff report,

Stewart-Haas Racing driver shows plenty of speed in practice; Vickers leads final session

Sprint Cup Series Practice Session 2 | Results | Race lineup

Kevin Harvick led Saturday's first session of Sprint Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway.

Harvick topped the charts with a speed of 186.018 mph. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will start fourth in Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3 p.m. ET, FOX).


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Jeff Gordon was second in the day's opening practice with a speed of 185.677 mph. Joey Logano was third (185.620 mph), Coors Light Pole Award winner Matt Kenseth was fourth (185.319 mph) and Kurt Busch (184.943 mph) rounded out the top five.

Jimmie Johnson, who led Friday's lone Cup practice, placed seventh (184.483 mph). Points leader Brad Keselowski, who will start the race on the front row next to Kenseth, placed 15th (183.720 mph).

Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 20th in practice (183.379 mph).

Martin Truex Jr. ran into some trouble in the practice session as he hit into the outside wall in Turn 2. A backup car was unloaded for Truex Jr., who was slated to start 12th in the race and he will now have to start at the back of the field.

Tony Stewart also made some contact with the wall and his team was working on his car in the latter stages of practice.

Paul Menard, who missed Friday's practice and qualifying sessions following the birth of his daughter this week, was back at the track on Saturday and he finished 25th in practice.

Sprint Cup Series Final Practice | Results

Brian Vickers topped the Sprint Cup Series' final practice for the Auto Club 400. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver topped the speed charts with a fast lap of 185.926 mph.

Jeff Gordon was again the second fastest with a fast lap of 185.840 mph. Jimmie Johnson placed third (184.781 mph) followed by Brad Keselowski (184.743 mph), with Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounding out the top five (184.705 mph).

Kevin Harvick, who topped Saturday's first practice session, finished 15th (183.730 mph) in the final session.

Joey Logano hit the wall in final practice after a tire went flat and suffered some damage to his car. Logano, who was slated to start seventh in Sunday's race, will start at the back of the field after Team Penske brought out the backup car for him.

Keselowski also reported having an issue with his left rear tire in practice, succumbing to a flat twice in the session. Kurt Busch also suffered a left rear flat tire at the end of the practice session.


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