After struggling for much of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Paul Menard is looking for a turn around, and Kansas Speedway might just be the track for that.
Menard was quickest in the Saturday morning practice session at Kansas, posting a fast lap of 29.241 seconds. Kansas has been a strong track for the Wisconsin driver in the past. Menard has a best finish of third at Kansas in 2012.
Kevin Harvick was quickest of the Chase competitors in practice where he ended up second.
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and polesitter Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-five.
A.J. Allmendinger backed up his speed from a 10th-place qualifying effort to wind up sixth in practice followed by Trevor Bayne, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray.
A number of Chase drivers struggled to find speed at practice, and two of them even found themselves outside the top-20. Brad Keselowski was 21st, and last week’s winner Jimmie Johnson was 25th.