FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks pole sitter Brad Keselowski carried over his quick pace in qualifying to this morning’s Sprint Cup practice session, which he led with a lap at 159.702 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford.
The Cup contingent will have their final practice at Dover International Speedway later this afternoon at 12:30 p.m. ET.
“I’m really happy so far, but it’s a long way to go and the race is a lot different than practice,” Keselowski told Fox Sports.
“It’s cool morning temperatures and the track has a little bit of rubber on it, but nothing like what it’ll have on Sunday, and that will change it dramatically.
“We’re fast now, we have to stay ahead of our Miller Lite Ford Fusion, and we have to make sure we’ll stay fast for the race.”
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick was second-quickest this morning with his lap at 159.341 mph and also had the best consecutive 10-lap average (Laps 1-10, average of 157.749). He was followed by Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards and his lap at 158.856 mph, good for third on the time sheets.
Brian Vickers (Michael Waltrip Racing; 158.716) and Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing; 158.513) completed the Top 5 speeds. Kyle Busch, who will start alongside Keselowski on the front row for Sunday’s 400-miler, was only 22nd-quickest in his JGR Toyota (157.315).
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AT DOVER – SATURDAY MORNING PRACTICE TIMES
MotoGP star Valentino Rossi has been discharged from hospital after suffering injuries in a motorcross accident earlier this week.
Nine-time motorcycling world champion Rossi was diagnosed with “mild thoracic and abdominal trauma” after the accident on Thursday morning, resulting in his admission to the Ospedale Infermi in Rimini, Italy.
The hospital noted in a statement that there were “no fractures detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies”, with Rossi recovering overnight with pain relief.
On Friday, a further statement was issued confirming that Rossi had been discharged from hospital.
“Valentino Rossi has returned home from the Ospedale Infermi in Rimini, having successfully completed routine diagnostic tests that were scheduled earlier on Friday,” the statement reads.
“With the attending doctors confirming the findings shared in this morning‘s medical bulletin, the nine-time World Champion left the hospital at 5.30pm, accompanied by his staff.
“He will now continue the recovery process at home.”
The Yamaha rider’s next racing engagement comes next weekend with the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
Check out the above video.