If Sunday’s final practice session of the day was any indication, Jeff Gordon might be the driver to beat once the green flag drops on Sunday. Gordon’s fast time of 36.253 seconds at 198.604 mph was good enough for the top spot in Saturday’s final practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway.
Kyle Busch (who went on to win the Xfinity Series race later in the afternoon) was second-fastest at a time of 36.259 seconds and was the only non-Chevrolet driver in the top five.
Gordon’s teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at this track back in 2012 and could potentially have a chance to win again this weekend. Earnhardt was sixth fastest in final practice. Busch’s teammate Carl Edwards was seventh, followed by ninth-place Brad Keselowski. Keselowski was the only Ford Racing driver with a top-10 speed.
Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 10.
Sunday’s polesitter Kasey Kahne was surprisingly outside of the top 10 in final practice, but not by much. Kahne was 11th-quickest, putting all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers in the top 11 in final practice speeds.
The next time drivers are on track will be for the start of the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.