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Kevin Harvick Quickest in Friday’s 2015 Quicken Loans 400 Practice at Michigan

After dominating every practice session at Pocono Raceway, Kevin Harvick is back on top of the charts at Michigan.

The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) champion was quickest in the lone Cup practice on Friday at Michigan International Speedway, posting a time of 35.557 seconds.

Joey Logano was second on the charts, posting a lap 0.156 seconds behind the current championship leader. Logano currently sits fourth in the points standings, and is searching for his first victory since the season-opening Daytona 500.

Less than a week after ending a 69-race winless streak, Martin Truex Jr. is searching for back-to-back victories for Furniture Row Racing. The New Jersey native set the pace throughout this week’s test at Darlington Raceway, and was third quickest in the first practice of the weekend at Michigan.

Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five. Gordon won the last race at Michigan in mid-August, and is searching for a chase-clinching victory in his final full-time season.

Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson brought home the sixth-quickest time in the session, with Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top 10. Blaney, a 21-year-old rookie, is coming off a 42nd-place finish at Charlotte after an engine let go on his No. 21 Ford. The rookie will make his third-career start at Michigan on Sunday, with the previous two events coming in the Truck Series.

Kurt Busch tapped the wall coming out of turn 2 in his No. 41 car. With a significant amount of damage to the right side, Busch’s team opted to go to a backup car.

Rain has threatened to cancel the track’s events throughout the day. If NSCS qualifying is rained out, the field will be set by practice speeds. Brendan Gaughan would be the lone driver to go home in the No. 62 car.