Chase leader Brad Keselowski – already in the Contender Round due to his win last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway – was fastest in today’s Sprint Cup practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Keselowski, who put on a dominating performance in his win this past July at NHMS, was already P1 in the session before he posted an even better lap of 138.421 mph in the closing minutes.
Jamie McMurray (137.890 mph), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (137.825), Kasey Kahne (137.661), and Kyle Larson (137.631) all posted their hot laps late as teams went into mock qualifying runs ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session at 4:40 p.m. ET.
But none of them were able to eclipse Keselowski, who would appear to have a solid chance to sweep the season at the “Magic Mile.”
A win on Sunday for him would also snap a stretch of 13 different winners in as many Cup races at NHMS, which currently ties Texas Motor Speedway for the all-time record.
Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, and A.J. Allmendinger made up Positions 6-10. McMurray and Larson were the only non-Chase drivers among the Top 10 fastest speeds.
Defending race winner Kenseth was the lone Toyota driver within that Top 10. Kahne had the best consecutive 10-lap average at 133.210 mph from his second to his 11th lap in the practice.
Two more Cup practice sessions are slated for Saturday morning before Sunday’s Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, check local listings).