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Kyle Larson Leads the Charge in Final Practice at Richmond

After coming off a week in leading 124 laps at Darlington Raceway  Kyle Larson led the way in final practice at Richmond Raceway in preparation of the regular season finale .

After making a series of long runs, Larson turned a speed of 120.235 mph, slightly quicker than spring winner Joey Logano (120.208 mph). During the 90-minute session, the No. 42 turned 76 laps, among the most in the series.

Needing to win in order to qualify for the postseason, Daniel Suarez turned the third quickest time (119.925 mph), while Martin Truex Jr. (119.697 mph) and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin filled the rest of the top 10.

Keselowski ran 83 laps, which was the most of the 38 drivers that took time. After serving a 60-minute penalties, Landon Cassill and Erik Jones finished the practice 20th and 26th on the board, respectively. Clint Bowyer faced a 30-minute penalty and finished the session in 19th.

Truex topped (117.480 mph) the 31 drivers that made a run of at least 10 consecutive laps.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 5:45 p.m. ET. Kenseth won the pole in the spring, while Hamlin is the defending winner of the event, on his way to leading 189 laps and capturing his third victory of the season.

View final practice results at Richmond Raceway

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Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.

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