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Kyle Larson Quickest in All-Star Practice

Kyle Larson, who is performing double duty this weekend at North Wilkesboro Speedway, ended practice today (May 19) with the fastest lap clocking in at 109.144 mph. The quick No. 5 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet beat out RFK Racing owner and driver Brad Keselowski, who ran a fast lap of 108.408 mph.

Denny Hamlin was the fastest Toyota with a 108.204-mph lap. He finished the session third. Keselowski’s teammate Chris Buescher was fourth while Chase Briscoe was the fastest Stewart-Haas Racing driver in fifth.

Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Christopher Bell completed the top 10 amongst All-Star drivers.

NASCAR Xfinity Series regular for Kaulig Racing Chandler Smith was fastest of all the All-Star Open drivers and ninth overall. Ryan Preece (who was 10th quickest overall), AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs and Noah Gragson completed the top five Open drivers.

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All the competitors took time during the session to practice their pit-road entry for the Pit Crew Challenge.

Daniel Suarez turned his car around on his second lap out on the track after racing in late model events previously this week. He completed practice in 32nd position.

Cup All-Star Open and Race Practice Results From North Wilkesboro

Later today, the Cup Series teams will compete in the Pit Crew Challenge at 5:30 p.m. ET to determine the lineup for the All-Star Race heat races and the All-Star Open.

The All-Star heat races will be aired on Saturday, May 20 at 7:20 p.m. ET. The All-Star Open will be aired on Sunday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. ET, and finally, the All-Star Race will be held at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage throughout the weekend will be provided by FOX Sports 1.

About the author

Wyatt Watson has been an avid fan of NASCAR since 2007 at the age of 8. He joined Frontstretch in February 2023 after serving in the United States Navy for five years as an Electronic Technician Navigation working on submarines. Wyatt writes breaking NASCAR news and contributes to columns such as Friday Faceoff and 2-Headed Monster. Wyatt also contributes to Frontstretch's social media and serves as an at-track reporter.

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