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

IMSA race at Daytona: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info, more

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IMSA start times: For the first time in more than five months, Daytona International Speedway will have a sports car race as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series returns to the same place it left off today (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

After being sidelined by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the premier sports car circuit will wave the green again on its 2020 season today. But instead of the annual 24-hour endurance classic, Saturday’s WeatherTech 240 will be a “sprint race” around the 3.56-mile road course.

Here are the details for IMSA’s second race of the season at Daytona (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona race information

TV: 6 p.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports App and TrackPass

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com, as well as Sirius Channel 216, XM 210, Internet 970

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours, 40 minutes around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 88 degrees with a 51% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the 26 cars entered in Saturday’s race.


IMSA weekend schedule: Friday, July 3

11 a.m. — WeatherTech Championship Transporter Load-In

1 p.m. — Garages open; pit lane equipment setup

6:15-7:15 p.m. — First practice WeatherTech Championship (all classes)

9:30 p.m. — Garages close

IMSA weekend schedule: Saturday, July 4

8 a.m. — Garages open

8:45 a.m. — Fuel rig inspection

10:15 a,m — 11:30 am — Practice (restricted by classes: 10:15-10:45 a.m., GTD Silver/Bronze; 10:30-11:30 a.m., DPi/GTLM; 10:45-11:15, GTD all drivers)

1:55 p.m. — GTD qualifying

2:20 p.m. — GTLM qualifying

2:45 p.m. — DPi qualifying

6 p.m. — Formation laps

6:10 p.m. — IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona (2 hours, 40 minutes)

11:30 p.m. — Garages close