NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Kyle Larson Fastest In Saturday Morning Practice Session

After rain washed out practice sessions on Friday for both the Monster Energy Open and All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR added a one-hour combined session for teams Saturday morning.  Cars this weekend have a dramatically different aerodynamic package, making the extra time on track more critical than it might otherwise have been.

Kyle Larson led the pack in the high-drag, low horsepower cars with a top lap speed of 173.305 mph. Clint Bowyer was second and Kevin Harvick third. All three are already in the All-Star event tonight.

The fastest Open drivers were Aric Almirola (172.474 mph), Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr., who were fourth, fifth and sixth overall, respectively.  Kurt Busch was seventh, Alex Bowman eighth, Ryan Blaney ninth and Chase Elliott rounded out the top 10.

Other notables include seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson in 11th, point leader Kyle Busch in 12th and reigning Cup champ Martin Truex Jr. in 19th.

Larson also led the way with the best 10-lap average at 171.756 mph.  Suarez, Wallace, Bowyer and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five on that chart.

The top 27 of the 38 cars that practiced were within a half-second of one another on lap times, and most teams practiced drafting in packs as the session wore on, something that this rules package allows.

The Monster Energy Open is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET with the All-Star Race to follow at 8 p.m. ET.

MONSTER ENERGY OPEN/ALL-STAR FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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