Truex paces “Happy Hour” at Las Vegas

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Martin Truex Jr. led today’s Sprint Cup final practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a top speed of 188.383 miles per hour in the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.

Truex, who will start 11th in tomorrow’s Kobalt Tools 400 at LVMS, paced the session ahead of the series’ most recent winner, Carl Edwards (187.007 mph), Las Vegas’ own Kyle Busch (186.845 mph), championship leader Jimmie Johnson (186.528 mph), and one of Truex’s teammates, Mark Martin (185.816 mph).

The starting grid for the race was set primarily by last year’s owner points after steady rains washed away qualifying on Friday, which gave Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer the front row. Keselowski was only 21st-quickest in “Happy Hour,” while Bowyer posted the sixth-fastest lap of the session (185.803 mph).

In Saturday’s morning practice, Kasey Kahne (eighth-fastest in the afternoon) was the quickest in his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, followed by Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Carl Edwards. Kahne starts fourth on Sunday.

The Cup teams will be going into tomorrow at a bit of a deficit on track time. Outside of an extended test-and-tune session on Thursday at LVMS (which saw some teams use different cars than what they’ll use in the race), today’s two practices served as the only time for teams to get everything squared away before their big 400-miler.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.