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

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: