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Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Oral-B USA 500. His top speed was 188.251 mph, which was recorded on his first lap on the track.

Harvick was only 29th-fastest earlier on Saturday, but he was 10th-quickest over a 10-lap average in that session, which put him in the top half of that chart. Atlanta is the type of track that rewards patience and that is one of Kenseth’s strong traits.
Aug 30 - 6:56 PM

Jamie McMurray has been steady in the last four races. He qualified eighth at Pocono and finished seventh. Since then he has not qualified worse than 18th or finished worse than eighth.

McMurray has managed to stay out of trouble in recent weeks, but he was not as lucky at the start of the season. If he had been, he might be in a points’ position similar to Matt Kenseth or Ryan Newman and not have to worry as much about winning one of the final two regular season races.
Aug 30 - 5:23 PM

Greg Pursley (No. 26 Ford) is at the top of the speed chart in the final practice leading to the K&NPS-West Bakersfield 150 at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, CA.

He put up a 98.285 mph lap in the final practice. No. 16 Brandon McReynolds, No. 17 David Mayhew, No. 6 James Bickford and No. 9 Dylan Lupton are the rest of the top five and No. 14 Rich DeLong III was the slowest of the 18 cars running in this final session.
Aug 30 - 5:15 PM

Greg Biffle will drive chassis RK-922 in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta. This car was last raced at Indy where it finished 13th.

Biffle qualified 18th for Sunday night’s contest, which is his worst starting spot in four races. He started 19th at Indy and climbed to 13th, but one week later he overcame a 25th-place qualification effort to finish fifth at Pocono in a different chassis.
Aug 30 - 5:12 PM

David Mayhew leads the first practice for the K&NPS-West Bakersfield 150 at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, CA.

A lap of 96.738 mph in the No. 17 Chevrolet was the quickest of the 16 cars out on the track for the first practice session. No. 9 Dylan Lupton, No. 97 Jesse Little, No. 16 Brandon McReynolds and No. 26 Greg Pursley are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. No. 84 Rich DeLong III was the slowest.
Aug 30 - 5:11 PM

Kevin Harvick recorded the second-fastest single lap and the second-quickest 10-lap average in the second practice session for the Oral-B USA 500. His fastest lap was 188.328 mph and his average speed was 180.796 mph.

Harvick mentioned Jeff Gordon as his principal rival for the weekend and was nearly .75 miles per hour slower than the No. 24. Restarts, pit stops, and the pace of the race will equalize that discrepancy, however, and these two drivers should battle side-by-side.
Aug 30 - 5:01 PM

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 MOPAR/Exide Dodge) is at the top of the speed chart in the final practice leading to the Canadian Tire Series Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The 106.223 mph lap was the best of the 30 cars out on the track. No. 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick, No. 47 L.P. Dumoulin, No. 17 D.J. Kennington and No. 76 Jeff Lapcevich are the rest of the top five and No. 77 Jocelyn Fecteau is the slowest in this final session. Ranger also led the final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 earlier this afternoon driving the No. 53 RAM at CTMP.
Aug 30 - 4:59 PM

Jeff Gordon posted the quickest 10-lap average in the second practice for the Oral-B USA 500. His speed of 181.050 mph was posted during his first 10 laps on track.

Gordon also reportedly had the fastest five- and 15-lap averages, which makes him a challenger for the victory Sunday night if the race includes a long, green flag segment at the end.
Aug 30 - 4:45 PM

Marcos Ambrose will seek his third top-10 finish on an unrestricted oval this weekend in the Oral-B USA 500. His two previous strong runs came on the short tracks of Bristol and Martinsville in March.

Ambrose lost a good opportunity to challenge for a victory last week at Bristol. This week, he was fast in practice briefly before struggling in qualification and timing in at 32nd. There are simply too many reasons to leave him in the garage to make him an acceptable value for Atlanta
Aug 30 - 4:40 PM

Danica Patrick will race chassis No. 10-838 Sunday night in the Oral-B USA 500. This car was used at Texas, where it started 24th and finished 27th.

The chassis was also used at Pocono in June. Patrick cut a tire in that race and crashed before finishing 37th. The No. 10 has not been particularly strong this weekend and qualified only 27th.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 30 - 4:20 PM

Matt Kenseth hopes to rebound after crashing at Michigan two weeks ago. In the most recent unrestricted, intermediate speedway race, he finished 38th after starting 18th.

Last week, Kenseth had a solid performance at Bristol with a third-place finish and he qualified fifth for Sunday’s race. Luck is an intangible that cannot be handicapped, so the driver of the No. 20 should be treated as a favorite for a top-10.
Aug 30 - 4:12 PM

After Ryan Preece set fast time and won the pole in the spring visit to the Langley (VA) Speedway, the defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion returned in the second visit by the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and led the way in practice for the Bayport Credit Union 150.

Preece finished the session with a fast time of 15.066 seconds (96.424 mph) to lead the field of 17 cars. Burt Myers followed in second at 15.103 seconds (94.392 mph) with points leader Andy Seuss third (15.117/94.304). Danny Bohn and rookie Joe Ryan Osborne completed the top five.
Aug 30 - 4:05 PM

Joey Logano posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Oral-B USA 500. His 189.351 mph was slightly more than one mile per hour slower than Kevin Harvick’s pole winning speed.

Logano struggled to find short term speed on Friday and failed to advance to the final round of qualification for only the second time in races that held all three sessions. This spurt of speed negates any concern fantasy owners had about Logano’s odds.
Aug 30 - 3:54 PM

Canadian Tire regular (No. 27 Dodge) Andrew Ranger is fastest in Happy Hour for the Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

At 109.614 mph in the No. 53 MOPAR/Inoxsan RAM, he was the fastest of the 27 trucks out on the track for the final practice. No. 77 German Quiroga, No. 00 Cole Custer, No. 29 Ryan Blaney and No. 20 Gray Gaulding are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. No. 10 Caleb Roark was the slowest.
Aug 30 - 1:51 PM

Kasey Kahne will race chassis 5-820 in Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500. It has been raced three times so far this year.

This car was raced most recently at Kentucky where it finished eighth. Kahne was not so lucky at Auto Club where he finished 41st, but he lost more than 25 laps attending to a broken rear end.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 30 - 1:24 PM


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