A best lap of 134.973 mph in final practice allowed Kevin Harvick to sweep both Saturday Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series sessions at Phoenix Raceway. Harvick is an eight-time winner at the desert track and will start sixth in Sunday’s race.
Kyle Busch was second-fastest, his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota notching a top speed of 134.333 mph.
Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne ranked third on the speed charts in his No. 5 Chevrolet (134.328 mph), while Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota came up fourth (134.313 mph). Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five with a fast lap of 134.263 mph in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.
Chase Elliott was the slowest of the NASCAR Playoff drivers, ranking 17th in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in final prep for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM).
Seven teams served practice holds in the final 50-minute session. Joey Logano (No. 22), Chase Elliott (No. 24) and Chris Buescher (No. 37) all served 15-minute holds for failing race inspection at Texas twice. Ty Dillon (No. 13), Corey LaJoie (No. 23) and Matt DiBenedetto (No. 32) also served 15-minute holds for failing qualifying inspection at Phoenix twice. Erik Jones (No. 77) was held for 30 minutes due to failing qualifying inspection three times.
Eight-time Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick was fastest in Saturday’s opening practice at Phoenix Raceway, wheeling his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to a best lap of 134.328 mph.
Friday practice leader Chase Elliott came up second-quickest in Saturday’s first session, his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet clocking a fast lap of 134.163 mph. Elliott’s HMS teammate Kasey Kahne posted the third-fastest speed (134.083 mph) in his No. 5 Chevrolet. He was the only non-Playoff driver in the top five this session.
Martin Truex Jr. (134.058 mph) and outside pole-sitter Denny Hamlin (133.934 mph) completed the top five, respectively.
Pole-sitter Ryan Blaney (20th) and Brad Keselowski (21st) were the slowest of the eight Playoff drivers.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun early in practice, but received no damage to his No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, according to the team’s Twitter account. He ended practice 15th-fastest.
XFINITY Series regular Daniel Hemric spent a portion of the 55-minute session driving the No. 13 Chevrolet of Ty Dillon, who is on baby watch for his wife, Haley. Dillon climbed back into the car for the last part of the session.
Several drivers served 15-minute practice holds during Saturday’s opening practice; The No. 23 of Corey LaJoie, the No. 32 of Matt DiBenedetto and and the No. 34 of Landon Cassill.