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Matt Kenseth Paces Final Kobalt 400 Practice

For the third-straight week, Matt Kenseth appears to among the favorites to score a Chase-clinching victory.

Kenseth laid down a 28.502-second lap to top final practice for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kenseth, who’s looking to end a rough start to the season despite leading laps at both Daytona and Atlanta, beat out teammate Carl Edwards for the spot.

Edwards ended the session in second after leading the way in the morning practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Casey Mears, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. finished out the top 10.

Coverage for the Cobalt 400 will begin on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.


PositionCar No.DriverBest Time
120Matt Kenseth28.502
219Carl Edwards28.594
341Kurt Busch28.616
427Paul Menard28.62
531Ryan Newman28.64
648Jimmie Johnson28.671
788Dale Earnhardt, Jr.28.677
813Casey Mears28.679
911Denny Hamlin28.693
1078Martin Truex, Jr.28.696
113Austin Dillon28.697
1221Ryan Blaney28.712
1317Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.28.719
1418Kyle Busch28.72
152Brad Keselowski28.724
161Jamie McMurray28.73
1722Joey Logano28.779
1847AJ Allmendinger28.788
195Kasey Kahne28.814
2024Chase Elliott28.815
2142Kyle Larson28.862
224Kevin Harvick28.894
2316Greg Biffle28.904
246Trevor Bayne28.946
2534Chris Buescher28.962
2614Brian Vickers28.984
2710Danica Patrick28.989
2898Aric Almirola29.002
2944Brian Scott20.053
3038Landon Cassill29.107
3123David Ragan29.232
327Regan Smith29.233
3315Clint Bowyer29.276
3495Michael McDowell29.358
3583Matt DiBenedetto29.505
3646Michael Annett29.756
3798Cole Whitt29.796
3832Jeffrey Earnhardt29.835
3930Josh Wise29.913

About the author

A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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