Larson, last year’s Rookie of the Year, led the first of two Sprint Cup practices at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 125.525 mph. He was followed by Casey Mears (125.412), Brad Keselowski (125.058), Harvick (124.815) and Kyle Busch (124.694).
Harvick, the reigning Sprint Cup champion, paced the second and final practice with a fast lap of 125.430 mph. He is looking to add a third win on the season to put him third in the Chase (behind Busch and Jimmie Johnson) when the field is reseeded following this weekend’s Federated Auto Parts 400.
Denny Hamlin, who is racing this weekend following an injury to his right ACL while playing basketball, finished the sessions in 18th and 42nd place. He plans on racing the entire distance despite the injury.