Chip Ganassi Racing’s Friday at Kentucky Speedway is one the team would like to remember moving forward.
After Jamie McMurray took to the top of the pylon during the first practice in preparation for the Quaker State 400, teammate Kyle Larson repeated the feat, putting down a lap of 188.186 mph at 28.695 seconds to lead Happy Hour. Larson’s quick speed leads to the potential of breaking Brad Keselowski’s qualifying record of 188.791 mph set in 2014.
Martin Truex Jr., who was runner-up to McMurray in Friday’s opening session, clocked in the second quickest time once again. But this time, he was 0.153 seconds behind the No. 42 car.
In addition to posting the quickest single-lap speed, Larson’s CGR machine put down the quickest 10-lap average at 181.516 mph, topping 14 other cars to run at least 10 straight laps.
Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five in practice. Blaney and Busch were fourth and fifth, respectively, in each of Friday’s practices.