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Kyle Larson Leads the Way in Second Practice at New Hampshire

Right after the halfway point of the 55-minute morning practice, Kyle Larson led the way at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Larson, who qualified outside the front row on Friday, put down a lap of 132.586 mph, .015 seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney (132.517 mph). The No. 21 car had run faster than Larson for a few laps, but the No. 42 took the top speed back almost immediately.

“I think we’re really good,” Larson said of his time. “I think we are the best car here, so I’m pretty happy about it.”

Chicago winner and championship leader Martin Truex Jr. was third on the board at 132.503 mph, with two additional Toyotas filling out the top five and the first of six consecutive Toyotas in a row. Matt Kenseth was fourth (132.163 mph) and Denny Hamlin, July winner at NHMS was fifth (132.071 mph).

Rookies Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones were sixth and seventh, while Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 10.

Joey Logano was 15th on the board, but ran 56 laps, the most of the 38 drivers who took time. The No. 22 team will miss the entire final practice session for failing technical inspection four times on Friday prior to qualifying.

Truex led the way in best 10-lap average at 131.396 mph, ahead of seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.

 

 

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