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Cup - Kentucky - Thursday practice

Kyle Busch recorded the fastest time in practice on Thursday, ahead of this weekend's Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race at the 1.5 mile tri-oval Kentucky Speedway circuit.
Kyle Busch recorded the top time in Thursday practice at Kentucky Speedway, his time of 30.193s comfortably ahead of that of his brother Kurt who had the second fastest time in Practice 2. Just 0.004s separated second, third and fourth fastest times, with Kurt Busch just one thousandth of a second ahead of Carl Edwards who was in turn only just ahead of Paul Menard.

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in Practice 1 with a time of 30.703s, with Menard again featuring strongly in second.

The afternoon session also saw five drivers make test runs using the new electronic fuel injection systems that are scheduled to d├ębut in Sprint Cup competition next season. The fastest of that group was Roush Fenway's Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at 176.171 mph, but the times were not included in the official session timesheets and were listed separately (see below.)

Other drivers testing the new systems were Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing, Sam Hornish Jr. for Penske, Michael Waltrip Racing's Mike Skinner for Toyota Racing Development and Aric Almirola for Hendrick Motorsports. The engine control units are produced by McLaren Electronic Systems and Freescale Semiconductor while the throttle bodies are the work of Holley; the systems cost around $26,000 each.

Practice 2

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 30.193s (Leader) 178.849 mph
2. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 30.348s (-0.155) 177.936 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 30.349s (-0.156) 177.930 mph
4. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30.352s (-0.159) 177.913 mph
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 30.366s (-0.173) 177.831 mph
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 30.381s (-0.188) 177.743 mph
7. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 30.395s (-0.202) 177.661 mph
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.405s (-0.212) 177.602 mph
9. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.456s (-0.263) 177.305 mph
10. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 30.482s (-0.289) 177.154 mph
11. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 30.498s (-0.305) 177.061 mph
12. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 30.499s (-0.306) 177.055 mph
13. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.534s (-0.341) 176.852 mph
14. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 30.564s (-0.371) 176.678 mph
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 30.631s (-0.438) 176.292 mph
16. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 30.653s (-0.460) 176.165 mph
17. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 30.660s (-0.467) 176.125 mph
18. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 30.662s (-0.469) 176.114 mph
19. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.703s (-0.510) 175.879 mph
20. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 30.711s (-0.518) 175.833 mph
21. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 30.836s (-0.643) 175.120 mph
22. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 30.860s (-0.667) 174.984 mph
23. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 30.881s (-0.688) 174.865 mph
24. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 30.884s (-0.691) 174.848 mph
25. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.885s (-0.692) 174.842 mph
26. #6 David Ragan Ford 30.888s (-0.695) 174.825 mph
27. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 30.893s (-0.700) 174.797 mph
28. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.895s (-0.702) 174.786 mph
29. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 30.910s (-0.717) 174.701 mph
30. #37 Tony Raines Ford 30.922s (-0.729) 174.633 mph
31. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 30.924s (-0.731) 174.622 mph
32. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 30.936s (-0.743) 174.554 mph
33. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 30.943s (-0.750) 174.514 mph
34. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 30.963s (-0.770) 174.402 mph
35. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.022s (-0.829) 174.070 mph
36. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 31.029s (-0.836) 174.031 mph
37. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 31.055s (-0.862) 173.885 mph
38. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31.105s (-0.912) 173.605 mph
39. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 31.171s (-0.978) 173.238 mph
40. #195 David Starr Ford 31.173s (-0.980) 173.227 mph
41. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 31.187s (-0.994) 173.149 mph
42. #150 T.J. Bell* Toyota 31.237s (-1.044) 172.872 mph
43. #177 Robby Gordon Dodge 31.322s (-1.129) 172.403 mph
44. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 31.402s (-1.209) 171.964 mph
45. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 31.434s (-1.241) 171.788 mph
46. #7 Scott Wimmer Dodge 31.617s (-1.424) 170.794 mph
47. #34 David Gilliland Ford
48. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet

Practice 1

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 30.703s (Leader) 175.879 mph
2. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30.753s (-0.050) 175.593 mph
3. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 30.805s (-0.102) 175.296 mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 30.827s (-0.124) 175.171 mph
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 30.828s (-0.125) 175.165 mph
6. #6 David Ragan Ford 30.859s (-0.156) 174.990 mph
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 30.919s (-0.216) 174.650 mph
8. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 30.924s (-0.221) 174.622 mph
9. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.940s (-0.237) 174.531 mph
10. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 30.948s (-0.245) 174.486 mph
11. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 30.959s (-0.256) 174.424 mph
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 30.967s (-0.264) 174.379 mph
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 30.974s (-0.271) 174.340 mph
14. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 30.987s (-0.284) 174.267 mph
15. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.988s (-0.285) 174.261 mph
16. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 31.007s (-0.304) 174.154 mph
17. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 31.037s (-0.334) 173.986 mph
18. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 31.042s (-0.339) 173.958 mph
19. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 31.052s (-0.349) 173.902 mph
20. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 31.053s (-0.350) 173.896 mph
21. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 31.065s (-0.362) 173.829 mph
22. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 31.066s (-0.363) 173.824 mph
23. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 31.067s (-0.364) 173.818 mph
24. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 31.078s (-0.375) 173.756 mph
25. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 31.084s (-0.381) 173.723 mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 31.094s (-0.391) 173.667 mph
27. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31.103s (-0.400) 173.617 mph
28. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 31.105s (-0.402) 173.605 mph
29. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 31.135s (-0.432) 173.438 mph
30. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 31.150s (-0.447) 173.355 mph
31. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 31.178s (-0.475) 173.199 mph
32. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 31.181s (-0.478) 173.182 mph
33. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 31.261s (-0.558) 172.739 mph
34. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 31.322s (-0.619) 172.403 mph
35. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 31.377s (-0.674) 172.101 mph
36. #37 Tony Raines Ford 31.442s (-0.739) 171.745 mph
37. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31.446s (-0.743) 171.723 mph
38. #195 David Starr Ford 31.455s (-0.752) 171.674 mph
39. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 31.460s (-0.757) 171.646 mph
40. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 31.479s (-0.776) 171.543 mph
41. #150 T.J. Bell* Toyota 31.539s (-0.836) 171.217 mph
42. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 31.595s (-0.892) 170.913 mph
43. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 31.642s (-0.939) 170.659 mph
44. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 31.652s (-0.949) 170.605 mph
45. #7 Scott Wimmer Dodge 31.653s (-0.950) 170.600 mph
46. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 31.787s (-1.084) 169.881 mph
47. #34 David Gilliland Ford
48. #177 Robby Gordon Dodge

* Denotes Rookie

Fuel Injection Tests

Practice 2

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway 176.171 mph (equivalent to 16th position)
Sam Hornish Jr. Penske 175.256 mph (22nd position)
Mike Skinner Toyota Racing Development 174.537 mph (35th position)
Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing 173.433 mph (42nd position)
Aric Almirola Hendrick Motorsports 170.138 mph (51st position)

Practice 1

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway 174.340 mph (equivalent to 13th position)
Mike Skinner Toyota Racing Development 173.717 mph (27th position)
Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing 173.210 mph (33th position)
Sam Hornish Jr. Penske 173.071 mph (36th position)
Aric Almirola Hendrick Motorsports 172.227 mph (39th position)



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