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Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski Set the Pace Early at Richmond Raceway

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski were quickest in the two practice sessions ahead of Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.

Busch’s lap of 121.190 mph (22.279 seconds) around the 3.4-mile short-track was quickest in the first session, with Aric Almirola (22.320), Erik Jones (22.370), Ty Dillon (22.404) and AJ Allmendinger (22.449) rounding out the top five. Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson completed the top 10.

Busch also had the best 10-lap consecutive average in the session (120.141 mph), followed by Almirola, Allmendinger, Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Chase Elliott ran the most laps in the session (48).

Keselowski’s 22.458-second circuit was good enough to put him atop the leaderboard in final practice. Truex Jr. (22.475), A. Dillon (22.602), T. Dillon (22.615) and Newman (22.631) completed the top five, with Ryan Blaney, Bowman, Suarez, Larson and Bowyer rounding out the top 10.

Suarez had the best 10-lap consecutive average in the second session (118.141 mph), followed by Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Harvick, Jones, Kyle Busch, Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Stenhouse Jr. and William Byron.

Busch Pole qualifying for the Federeated Auto Parts 400 is scheduled to take place at 6:05 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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