Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick put his stamp on proceedings at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, with the Stewart-Haas Racing driver setting the fastest practice lap of the day.
CLICK: Full Saturday practice 2 and 3 times from Michigan International Speedway.
Harvick's time of 35.806s (201.084mph) on the two-mile oval was less than two tenths off the pole-winning time recorded by Kasey Kahne on Friday evening. Harvick and Kahne were the only two drivers to top 200mph on Saturday. Harvick will start alongside the Hendrick Motorsports driver for Sunday afternoon's Quicken Loans 400 which gets the green flag shortly after 1pm ET (6pm BST).
The best times of the day were set during second practice which got off to a delayed start on Saturday morning after track drying for light rain and fog. Ganassi's Kyle Larson was third fastest ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch, with Martin Truex Jr. fifth fastest in the Furniture Row Racing #78 ahead of Kahne's team mate Dale Earnhardt Jr.
In the afternoon session, the third Hendrick car of Jeff Gordon was top of the timesheets but with a significantly slower time of 36.253s (198.604mph) which put him just six thousandths of a second faster than Kyle Busch.
Truex continued to look strong and claimed third place in the timings at the end of the 55-minute session, putting him just ahead of Larson. Harvick was fifth fastest in this session just ahead of Earnhardt who narrowly pipped his team mate Jimmie Johnson to sixth place.
Kahne just missed out on a top ten spot in the final practice and was 11th fastest, 0.140s off Gordon's pace on this occasion. Gordon is the most recent race winner at Michigan, and wouldn't mind one more victory under his belt here before he retires from competition at the end of 2015.
Denny Hamlin will have to resort to the backup #11 car after spinning in turn 4 and damaging to the right-front fender of his primary race car following a tyre blow-out which forced race control to bring out a red flag to facilitate clean-up operations.
The enforced change means that Hamlin will have to surrender his anticipated 13th place on the grid before the start of Sunday's race and move to the back, meaning that he will have a long afternoon ahead of him to overcome the setback.
See full Saturday practice 2 and 3 times from Michigan International Speedway.