Kyle Larson fastest in final Sprint Showdown practice


Kyle Larson was fastest of the 23 drivers in Friday’s final practice for the Sprint Showdown later that evening.

Only two drivers – the first and second place finishers – will transfer into Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race, along with a third driver who will be chosen by a fan vote. The fan vote ends Friday at 7 pm ET.

Larson’s top speed was a blistering 194.105 mph, nearly 2 mph faster than second-fastest Aric Almirola (192.438 mph).

Third- through fifth-fastest were Clint Bowyer (193.431), Marcos Ambrose (192.041) and Paul Menard (191.388).

Sixth through 10th were AJ Allmendinger (191.164), Casey Mears (190.745), Danica Patrick (190.382), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (188.357) and Dave Blaney (188.193).

The two slowest drivers in the field were David Stremme (183.181) and Blake Koch (181.555).

Qualifying for Friday night’s race is at 4:10 pm ET, with the actual 20-lap race itself kicking off about three hours later at 7:15 pm ET.

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