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

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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