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Brad Keselowski, Daniel Hemric Turn Fastest Laps in Cup Series Practice at Kansas

Brad Keselowski and Daniel Hemric led the two practice sessions for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Friday (Oct. 18) at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400.

All 40 Cup Series cars turned a lap in the first practice, and Keselowski laid down the fastest lap in the final minutes with a speed of 176.499 mph. Aric Almirola was second at 176.390 mph, and Daniel Suarez, who was at the top of the leaderboard for the majority of practice, was third at 176.332 mph.

Denny Hamlin (175.999 mph) and last week’s winner Ryan Blaney (175.450 mph) rounded out the top five.

Kyle Larson had the best 10-lap average in the first practice. He averaged 173.931 mph, followed by second-place Almirola (173.712 mph) and third-place William Byron (173.344 mph).

Only four playoff drivers were inside the top 10 on the speed charts after the first practice. Kevin Harvick joined Keselowski, Hamlin and Blaney in the top 10 with a ninth-place effort (174.893 mph).


In the second and final practice for the Cup Series, Hemric owned the fastest speed at 177.830 mph. He was followed by Harvick (177.096 mph), Kurt Busch (177.072 mph), Keselowski (176.893 mph) and Blaney (176.725 mph).

Kyle Busch had the best 10-lap average of the practice session, with a 176.154 mph. Blaney had the second-best 10-lap average (175.838 mph), and Martin Truex Jr. was third (175.610 mph).

The 38 cars that practiced in the second session of the day did so in conditions that likely won’t be seen on Sunday, as the practice started approximately one hour after the race will conclude.


There were no interruptions in either Cup Series practice.

Qualifying is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. tomorrow on NBC Sports Network. The Hollywood Casino 400 is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday on NBC.

About the author

Josh Roller is a 2019 graduate of the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI in Indianapolis. While in school, he covered the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. He was an extern for INDYCAR in 2019 and interned with Charlotte Motor Speedway's Communications Department in 2020. Besides writing the Xfinity Breakdown for Frontstretch, he also does a weekly podcast with a friend he met at the 2018 Indy 500, Rob Peeters, called the Racing with Rob and Roller podcast.

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