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Kyle Larson hangs out in the garage at Kentucky.
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Jones, Larson lead the way in a pair of practice sessions at Kentucky

NASCAR’s newest first-time winner is showing some strong speed in Kentucky.

Fresh off his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win last weekend at Daytona, Erik Jones recorded the fastest lap in final practice ahead of Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Jones posted a lap at 187.748 miles per hour in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

RELATED: Final practice resultsFull weekend schedule

Just like opening practice earlier in the day, Ryan Blaney laid down the second-fastest time at a speed of 187.311 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Kyle Busch was third-fastest in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (186.503 mph), followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (185.982 mph) and Austin Dillon (185.714 mph).

Next up for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is final practice at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, followed by Busch Pole Award qualifying at 6:40 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App.


Kyle Larson is showcasing the horsepower so far at Kentucky Speedway.

Larson topped the charts in opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for Saturday night’s race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sportd App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), laying down a lap of 185.867 mph in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet — the only driver to break the 185-mph barrier after running a mock qualifying lap.

RELATED: Opening practice results

Ryan Blaney finished second, flying around the 1.5-mile oval at a speed of 184.653 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Blaney’s teammate, Joey Logano, posted the third-fastest time at 184.300 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

A pair of Toyotas rounded out the top five, as Kyle Busch was fourth in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (183.955 mph) and Martin Truex Jr. was fifth in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota (183.892 mph).