Carl Edwards leads final Sprint Cup practice, Keselowski up to speed, Danica 5th-fastest

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JOLIET, Il. – Brad Keselowski can cancel the APB (All-Points Bulletin): he found the speed he’s been missing this weekend.

The 2012 Sprint Cup champ was second-fastest in the final Cup practice session Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway, covering the 1.5-mile track at 186.335 mph.

Carl Edwards was the fastest at 186.413.

Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano struggled in Friday’s practice, recording the 25th- and 28th-fastest speeds of all 43 drivers on-track.

Things didn’t improve much in Saturday morning’s practice, as Keselowski was 20th-fastest and Logano was 25th-fastest.

But that wasn’t the case for Keselowski in happy hour.

However, Logano is still mired in a quest for more speed, as he managed to record just the 18th-fastest speed in the final practice (184.451 mph).

As for the rest of the field in Saturday’s last session, Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson was third-fastest (185.918), followed by Jimmie Johnson (185.835).

Danica Patrick was the biggest surprise of the session, recording the fifth-fastest speed at 185.618 mph, followed by Kasey Kahne (185.312), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (185.300), Matt Kenseth (185.293), Kurt Busch (185.160) and Paul Menard (185.147).

Menard was the fastest in Saturday’s earlier practice.

Other notables in the final practice session included:

* Jeff Gordon was 12th-fastest (184.862), followed by Kevin Harvick (184.723).

* Kyle Busch was 15th-fastest (184.679).

* Several other Chase drivers struggled to get up to speed: Greg Biffle (17th, 184.489), Aric Almirola (20th, 184.388), Denny Hamlin (21st, 184.181), Ryan Newman (22nd, 184.037), A.J. Allmendinger (24th, 183.830) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (26th, (182.673).

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Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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