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Kevin Harvick Leads First Practice at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch Goes to Backup Car

Kevin Harvick led the Sprint Cup Series opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday afternoon’s AAA Texas 500. After spending time atop the leaderboard early, Harvick dropped back before a mock qualifying run put him back in the top spot with a lap at 196.685. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth ended the session second and third. Joey Logano and rookie Ryan Blaney rounded out the top 5.

Chase Elliott was sixth quickest, followed by Kurt Busch, who spent a short period of time at the top of the leaderboard midway through practice. Kyle Larson, AJ Allmendinger and Casey Mears rounded out the top 10.

Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin was one of three Chase drivers outside the top 10, posting a 193.972 mph lap, good enough for 15th quickest. Kyle Busch, who suffered a flat tire that sent him hard into the wall in turn 4, was forced to a backup car before he even completed a lap. He ended up 22nd quickest when the session ended. Additionally, Jimmie Johnson, who is already locked into the championship battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway, was 33rd quickest.

Qualifying for Sunday’s race will be held at 5:45 p.m. local time. Cup drivers will also have a pair of practice session Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Full Sprint Cup Series Practice 1 Results

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Content Director Beth heads up management of our 30-person staff, acting as Tom’s main assistant with technology and personnel while working as Frontstretch’s Truck Series expert. The author of Truckin’ Thursdays and the coordinator of the site’s pre and post-race coverage, she also runs a periodic charity column that spotlights when NASCAR gives back. A childhood transplant to Texas, Beth is a 15-year writing veteran who has contributed content to BRANDT and Athlon Sports, among other outlets.

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