Marcos Ambrose fastest in second Cup practice at Kansas

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On another cold and windy morning at Kansas Speedway, Marcos Ambrose topped the time sheets in the first of two Sprint Cup practice sessions today on the 1.5-mile oval.

Ambrose clocked in at 191.652 miles per hour in his No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. He was followed by the Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Jamie McMurray (191.584) and rookie Kyle Larson (191.096), who have both been among the better non-Chase drivers so far this postseason.

Speaking of the Chase, only two of the remaining 12 drivers in title contention were among the Top 10 in this particular practice: Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards was fourth-quickest (191.076) and Richard Childress Racing’s Ryan Newman was eighth-quickest (190.235).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (fifth), A.J. Allmendinger (sixth), Greg Biffle (seventh), Austin Dillon (ninth), and Aric Almirola (10th) were also represented in the Top 10.

As for the other Chasers, they went like this: Kyle Busch in 11th, Joey Logano in 12th, pole sitter Kevin Harvick in 13th, Kasey Kahne in 14th, Jeff Gordon in 16th, Jimmie Johnson in 17th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 21st, Brad Keselowski in 26th, Matt Kenseth in 27th, and Denny Hamlin in 28th.

McMurray turned in the most laps out of anyone in the session with 41 laps, followed by Kurt Busch with 36, Casey Mears with 35, and both Larson and Justin Allgaier with 34.

Final practice for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 will take place later today at 2 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas – Saturday Morning Practice Times

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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