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Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick Win 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400 Practices at Richmond

One driver needs a win to make the Chase. The other is already in. Both paced a practice on Friday. Who are they? Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.

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).

AJ Allmendinger (124.619), Martin Truex Jr. (124.602), Carl Edwards (124.567), Ryan Newman (124.533) and Joey Logano (124.435) rounded out the top 10.

2015 FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 400 FIRST PRACTICE SPEEDS

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.

Busch (125.348), Johnson (125.273), Kasey Kahne (125.226) and Kurt Busch (124.942) followed him in second through fifth.

Truex Jr. (124.925), Danica Patrick (124.884), Jeff Gordon (124.729), Keselowski (124.677), and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (124.659) placed sixth through 10th.

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.

2015 FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 400 FINAL PRACTICE SPEEDS

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Chris

“Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick Win Richmond Cup Practices” Really? Drivers actually win practices now?

rg72

I wonder what the practice-winning trophy looks like.

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