Kenseth fastest in first Saturday practice at Homestead

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Coming off a pole-winning run last night in qualifying, Sprint Cup title contender Matt Kenseth continued his stay atop the time sheets in the first of two Cup practice sessions today at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kenseth turned a lap at 173.700 miles per hour in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota during the session, ahead of Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick.

Kenseth and Harvick are both chasing (no pun intended) Jimmie Johnson, who holds a 28-point lead over the former and a 34-point lead over the latter going into Sunday’s season-ending Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead. In today’s first practice, Johnson logged the 15th-fastest time with a lap at 171.065 mph in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

The top 10-consecutive lap average in the session belonged to Martin Truex, Jr., who will start eighth on Sunday. Truex’s first ten circuits averaged out at 167.951 mph. Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski had the second and third-quickest 10-lap runs.

The Cup contingent will have its final “Happy Hour” practice later today at 3 p.m. ET following qualifying for the Nationwide Series, which will stage its 300-mile season finale at 4:30 p.m. ET.