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NSCS: Kyle Larson Tops First Practice for Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

He was quick all throughout last year finishing in the top-five multiple times. Now heading into his sophomore season, a lot of people expect Kyle Larson to hit victory lane soon. He would lead the first practice for the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a lap of 28.177 seconds.

“It’s really loose but it has a lot of speed in it each lap,” Larson commented early in the practice. “Going into one, it gets looser and looser so we worked on that and tried to get that out of the Target Chevy. I’m just happy with the speed that we have. About to switch into qualifying trim and see how it is.”

Jeff Gordon was second quickest, 0.062 seconds behind, as he looks to overcome two poor finishes to start his final full Sprint Cup Series season. Defending race winner Brad Keselwoski was third quickest, followed by David Ragan. Ragan is filling in for the injured Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 18 M&Ms Camry.  Jamie McMurray rounded out the top-five.

Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano was sixth quickest, followed by Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.

Many drivers were fighting a loose condition throughout the practice, including Michael Annett who went for a spin 12 minutes into practice.

“Vegas has that really big bump over the tunnel in turn one and two, and it’s just about trying to hold on to steering wheel in that section,” Keselowski said. “The track has always been challenging there, but that’s part of the reason why the drivers like this track.”

The teams will qualify at 7:45 p.m. EST this evening, before a pair of practices on Saturday before Sunday’s race.

 

2015 NSCS Kobalt 400 First Practice Session Speeds

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed Lap # # Laps -Fastest -Next
1 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 28.177 191.646 18 18 —.— —.—
2 24 Jeff Gordon 3M Chevrolet 28.239 191.225 11 11 -0.062 -0.062
3 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 28.267 191.035 9 11 -0.09 -0.028
4 18 David Ragan M&M’s Crispy Toyota 28.276 190.975 15 15 -0.099 -0.009
5 1 Jamie McMurray CESSNA Chevrolet 28.297 190.833 11 13 -0.12 -0.021
6 22 Joey Logano Pennzoil Platinum Ford 28.298 190.826 15 18 -0.121 -0.001
7 19 Carl Edwards Comcast Business Toyota 28.313 190.725 11 13 -0.136 -0.015
8 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 28.332 190.597 9 11 -0.155 -0.019
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 28.338 190.557 8 8 -0.161 -0.006
10 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet 28.339 190.55 15 15 -0.162 -0.001
11 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 28.34 190.543 12 12 -0.163 -0.001
12 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Toyota 28.377 190.295 12 12 -0.2 -0.037
13 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevrolet 28.397 190.161 10 12 -0.22 -0.02
14 16 Greg Biffle Cheez-It Ford 28.441 189.867 14 15 -0.264 -0.044
15 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 28.446 189.833 18 18 -0.269 -0.005
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 28.481 189.6 13 14 -0.304 -0.035
17 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 28.511 189.401 14 18 -0.334 -0.03
18 95 Michael McDowell KLOVE Radio Ford 28.52 189.341 16 18 -0.343 -0.009
19 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 28.524 189.314 16 16 -0.347 -0.004
20 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 28.542 189.195 16 16 -0.365 -0.018
21 3 Austin Dillon DOW Energy & Water Chevrolet 28.601 188.805 18 18 -0.424 -0.059
22 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank/Camping World Ford 28.623 188.659 2 11 -0.446 -0.022
23 33 Brian Scott(i) Whitetail Chevrolet 28.669 188.357 11 15 -0.492 -0.046
24 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Chevrolet 28.68 188.285 16 17 -0.503 -0.011
25 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 28.688 188.232 6 8 -0.511 -0.008
26 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 28.688 188.232 10 10 -0.511 0
27 41 Regan Smith(i) Haas Automation Chevrolet 28.689 188.225 12 15 -0.512 -0.001
28 7 Alex Bowman Nikko/Toy State Chevrolet 28.754 187.8 6 8 -0.577 -0.065
29 27 Paul Menard Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet 28.758 187.774 17 17 -0.581 -0.004
30 21 Ryan Blaney(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 28.817 187.389 16 16 -0.64 -0.059
31 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 28.839 187.246 9 12 -0.662 -0.022
32 46 Michael Annett Cypress Chevrolet 28.852 187.162 11 14 -0.675 -0.013
33 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Dream Machine 28.879 186.987 21 23 -0.702 -0.027
34 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 28.941 186.587 10 12 -0.764 -0.062
35 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 28.943 186.574 7 13 -0.766 -0.002
36 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 28.961 186.458 7 8 -0.784 -0.018
37 34 Brett Moffitt Shaw’s Southern Belle Seafood Ford 28.967 186.419 9 11 -0.79 -0.006
38 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 29.068 185.771 12 12 -0.891 -0.101
39 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 29.162 185.172 10 10 -0.985 -0.094
40 62 Brendan Gaughan(i) South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 29.229 184.748 8 8 -1.052 -0.067
41 29 Reed Sorenson Toyota 29.413 183.592 12 12 -1.236 -0.184
42 23 JJ Yeley(i) Dr. Pepper Toyota 29.543 182.784 8 8 -1.366 -0.13
43 32 Mike Bliss(i) Draftdemons.com Ford 29.687 181.898 7 12 -1.51 -0.144
44 26 Jeb Burton # MaximFantasySports.com Toyota 29.696 181.843 14 20 -1.519 -0.009
45 44 Travis Kvapil(i) Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet 29.743 181.555 5 8 -1.566 -0.047
46 66 Mike Wallace RoyalTeakCollection.com Chevrolet 29.962 180.228 5 8 -1.785 -0.219
47 40 Landon Cassill(i) Carsforsale.com Chevrolet 30.177 178.944 18 18 -2 -0.215
48 83 Matt DiBenedetto Burger King Toyota 30.254 178.489 8 10 -2.077 -0.077

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series
# Denotes Rookie
* Required to Qualify on Time

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