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Kyle Busch Tops Pocono Final Practice

Outside of qualifying, Kyle Busch has been the fastest guy at Pocono Raceway, sweeping both practice sessions.

In Saturday’s (June 2) final practice for the Pocono 400, Busch topped the speed chart at 174.588 mph, covering the field by more than one-tenth of a second. Just behind him was five-time 2018 winner Kevin Harvick (174.115 mph). The No. 18 team is looking for its second consecutive win this season as well as its second straight victory at the Tricky Triangle. Together, Busch and Harvick have won nine of the first 13 races this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Former Pocono winner Martin Truex Jr. was third on the board (173.953 mph). Alex Bowman was the quickest Chevrolet (173.658 mph), clocking in fourth fastest while Aric Almirola rounded out the top five (173.568 mph).

Kyle Larson, pole-sitter Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray completed the top 10 speeds.

All 38 cars took at least one lap in the session. Logano turned the most laps with 49.

There was one incident in the 80-minute session. That came 17 minutes in when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went for a spin coming off the Tunnel Turn. The No. 17 car hit the bumps and lost control of his Roush Fenway Racing Ford; however, the car was undamaged. Stenhouse wound up with the 19th quickest one-lap time in the session.

Green flag for the Pocono 400 is set to fly shortly after 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 3. Temperatures are expected to be at least 10 degrees cooler than Saturday’s practice.

Blaney is the defending winner of the race.



About the author

Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.

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