Kyle Larson was top of the board in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice on Friday at Richmond Raceway, pushing his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet at 121.704 mph. Larson has two top-10 finishes and five top 15s for the 2019 season.
Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was second-fastest (121.682 mph) to Larson. Chris Buescher, in the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet, was third (121.638 mph), followed by series points leader Kyle Busch (121.611 mph) and David Ragan (121.518 mph), in the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford, to round out the top five.
RELATED: First practice results
The 50-minute practice had four drivers serving 15-minute penalties for arriving late to inspection at Bristol, including the No. 6 of Ryan Newman, Ragan’s No. 38, Larson’s No. 42 and the No. 51 of Jeb Burton. There was also a 30-minute deduction from practice for Kevin Harvick for multiple inspection failures. Harvick ran ninth at Richmond.
Friday’s final practice for the Monster Energy Series was canceled because of rain.