Kevin Harvick still strong, tops final Sprint Cup practice at Dover

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Pardon me for having a Captain Obvious moment, but Kevin Harvick is definitely looking like the one to beat for tomorrow’s Challenger Round finale at Dover International Speedway.

After leading the first Sprint Cup practice session and qualifying on the pole yesterday, Harvick has ended the lead-up to the AAA 400 by claiming top honors in final practice with a lap of 157.089 mph.

Brad Keselowski’s lap of 156.379 mph was good enough for P2 in the session. He was followed by Jeff Gordon in third at 155.952 mph, Denny Hamlin in fourth at 155.858 mph, and Aric Almirola in fifth at 155.380 mph.

Keselowski has maintained a stout pace through the practices, but noted that it’s been hard to keep up with how the Monster Mile has evolved over the weekend.

“The track just keeps changing drastically,” Keselowski told Fox Sports. “We see that in the pace – about a good half a second faster in this practice than we were the last practice.

“Usually, it’s the opposite here, so I think that’s kind of thrown everyone for a loop.”

Jamie McMurray was the lone non-Chase competitor in the Top 10 speeds for final practice, slotting in seventh (155.273) behind sixth-place Kasey Kahne and ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch in eighth, ninth, and 10th respectively.

The other Chasers fared like this: Carl Edwards in 11th, Kurt Busch in 14th, A.J. Allmendinger in 16th, Matt Kenseth in 17th, Joey Logano in 18th, Greg Biffle in 20th, and Ryan Newman in 23rd.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AT DOVER – Final Practice

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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