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.