Kurt Busch topped final practice for tomorrow’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, leading the session with a lap at 153.224 miles per hour in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet.
Busch, who starts 13th for Sunday’s race, was fifth-quickest in this morning’s first practice session, so it would appear that he has the speed needed to contend this weekend at Dover. The 2004 Sprint Cup champion converted a front-row start into a third-place finish last Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600 behind race winner Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne, but is hoping for more – especially in the latter stages of races.
“I had a guy that we played together with at a charity golf tournament yesterday and he goes, ‘What’s wrong with this sport? Why has it turned into this last 50 laps thing?,'” Busch said on the subject. “It’s like football in the fourth quarter or like basketball in the fourth quarter, baseball right after the seventh inning stretch and everybody changes the way they run.
“I’m a guy that runs intense every lap and so I was just trying to carry that banner of keeping it real, racing hard, racing every lap and giving it my all 100 percent every lap.”
Matt Kenseth, who will go off fourth at the green flag, also continued to show some stout pace in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. After posting the top time during the opening practice, he followed that up with the second-quickest lap at 153.074 mph during “Happy Hour.”
Juan Pablo Montoya was third-quickest in the final practice (152.834 mph), while defending FedEx 400 champion Jimmie Johnson was fourth-quickest (152.775). Johnson’s teammate, Jeff Gordon, was P5 in the session (152.504), and pole sitter Denny Hamlin was 13th (152.033).