Matt Kenseth fastest in Saturday AM Cup practice at Dover

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One of the drivers on the Chase bubble jumped to the top of the speed charts in this morning’s Sprint Cup practice session at Dover International Speedway.

Matt Kenseth, who’s tied for eighth on the Chase Grid at just eight points over the Top 12 cutoff, turned 45 laps and set the fastest lap at 155.649 mph in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

The 2003 Cup champion has won twice at Dover in his career and will start 14th in Sunday’s AAA 400, the final race in the Challenger Round.

In the most recent Cup race at Dover back in June, he finished third behind winner Jimmie Johnson and runner-up Brad Keselowski.

Kenseth was one of four Chasers in the Top 5 during this morning’s session. Fellow bubble inhabitants A.J. Allmendinger (10th on Chase Grid, +7 points), Denny Hamlin (13th, -6 points), and Kasey Kahne (11th, +6 points) were second, third and fifth-fastest respectively. Non-Chase competitor Clint Bowyer was fourth.

Jamie McMurray and another group of four Chasers – pole sitter Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chicagoland winner Keselowski, and Greg Biffle – completed Positions 6-10.

As for where the other Chasers ended up in the session, they go as follows: Carl Edwards in 11th, Johnson in 13th, Jeff Gordon in 14th, Ryan Newman in 15th, Kyle Busch in 16th, Aric Almirola in 18th, New Hampshire winner Joey Logano in 24th, and Kurt Busch in 27th.

Final practice for the Cup series will take place later this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover – Saturday Morning Practice Times

Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

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Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.