Days after Chip Ganassi Racing made headlines this week with Trackhouse Racing purchasing the NASCAR Cup Series team, Kurt Busch posted the fastest time in Cup practice at Road America on Saturday, July 2.
Sibling rivalry took place as Kurt Busch beat his younger brother Kyle Busch with a speed of 108.875 mph while Kyle Busch had a pace of 108.658 mph. Austin Cindric for Team Penske was third fastest and his teammate Ryan Blaney was fourth. Rounding out the top five was Tyler Reddick.
Despite Kyle Busch’s speed, he will have to resort to a backup car for the race due to spinning and wrecking his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota into the wall off turn 11 with the left side of his car. He will have to start the race from the rear and make his way to the front regardless of qualifying results.
Regular season points leader Denny Hamlin was sixth fastest and road course ringer AJ Allmendinger was seventh. Eighth quickest was Christopher Bell and rounding out the top 10 being ninth and tenth fastest was Kyle Larson and Chase Briscoe.
Road course favorite Chase Elliott didn’t post a top-10 speed as he had the 14th-fastest lap speed.
Ryan Preece will join Kyle Busch in the rear as he messed up his splitter during the session and will have to go to a backup car as well.
Qualifying for the Jockey Made in America 250 begins at 11:05 a.m. ET and airs on CNBC. The race follows at 2:30 p.m. ET and airs on NBC and Motor Racing Network radio.