Kurt Busch fastest in second Charlotte Sprint Cup practice

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During last night’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch threw down the fastest qualifying lap on a 1.5-mile track in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

It appears he’s also quick in race trim as well.

The Outlaw logged the fastest lap in this afternoon’s second Cup practice session at 191.157 mph in the No. 41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet. That’s still more than seven mph slower than the 198.771 lap he had during the second round of qualifying, however.

Last week’s winner at Kansas, Joey Logano, was second-fastest in Practice 2 with a lap of 190.476 mph. Following him were fellow Chasers Denny Hamlin (190.295) and Kevin Harvick (189.967) in third and fourth respectively, then Paul Menard in fifth (189.727).

Harvick had the fastest 10-lap average, though, at 186.565 mph over his first 10 laps in the session.

Other Chasers went as follows in Practice 2: Carl Edwards in sixth, Brad Keselowski in seventh, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 11th, Kasey Kahne in 12th, Matt Kenseth in 13th, Jimmie Johnson in 17th, Ryan Newman in 23rd, Jeff Gordon in 27th, and Kyle Busch in 29th.

Kyle Busch, who won the pole position last night for Saturday’s Bank of America 500, did not run in this practice session until very late.

Choosing to focus more on the final practice (which will have conditions closer to what’s expected during Saturday night’s race), he only ran nine laps in Practice 2 with a top speed of 186.149 mph.

The 80-minute final practice will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte – Second 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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