Final Practice for Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas Speedway

Saturday, October 20th 1:05 pm ET

50 minutes in length

Weather

The temperature is similar to tomorrow’s race but the wind is expected to be blowing 180 degrees the other way.

Penalized Drivers

No drivers faced penalties this session

Top-20 Speeds (one lap)

Pos Car Driver Make Laps Last Lap Best Time Best Speed Best Lap
1 41 Kurt Busch (P) Ford 44 178.383 28.997 186.226 2
2 20 Erik Jones Toyota 36 179.832 29.016 186.104 1
3 10 Aric Almirola (P) Ford 49 179.075 29.057 185.842 2
4 18 Kyle Busch (P) Toyota 55 179.295 29.115 185.471 2
5 21 Paul Menard Ford 50 176.598 29.119 185.446 2
6 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Ford 42 180.977 29.135 185.344 1
7 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Ford 51 178.909 29.175 185.09 3
8 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Ford 44 179.087 29.193 184.976 1
9 88 Alex Bowman (P) Chevy 55 179.611 29.202 184.919 2
10 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Toyota 50 179.45 29.206 184.894 1
11 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 33 178.241 29.209 184.875 1
12 22 Joey Logano (P) Ford 67 178.542 29.216 184.83 1
13 9 Chase Elliott (P) Chevy 32 180.965 29.249 184.622 2
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 48 176.678 29.267 184.508 2
15 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 48 180.156 29.28 184.426 3
16 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Ford 42 177.026 29.296 184.326 1
17 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 51 177.989 29.34 184.049 2
18 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 47 178.206 29.354 183.961 2
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevy 44 178.042 29.403 183.655 2
20 42 Kyle Larson (P) Chevy 46 175.942 29.514 182.964 27

 

Best Lap Averages

Items of Note:

  • The wind could be a bigger factor here tomorrow because it will create a tailwind and headwind in different corners than it was at in practice
  • This track has similar grooves to Miami-Homestead and so some of the drivers that have a comfortable margin or have already advanced are experimenting with a higher line since that’s the fastest way around the championship track.
  • If drivers can’t hold the bottom line because they are tight, the middle lane is a highly used line on this track as a way to avoid the risk of hitting the wall on the outside.
  • Kurt Busch just needs to complete a solid run here to advance and doesn’t need a win
  • Ryan Blaney is 22 points below the cut line but they feel like Kansas is his best race track and is fine being here in a must win scenario
  • Kyle Busch had two top-10s in the first 14 races here and since that seven in the last nine.
  • Chip Ganassi drivers, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray have had a rough week between Larson going to a backup car and McMurray having an oil fire in the first session on Saturday after a leak caused it.
  • The SHR engineers that were at the tire test here a few weeks ago said the track has lost 25% of its grip since the repave.
  • Kevin Harvick waited about 15 minutes into practice to go out on the track and let others clean the track a bit and lay down some rubber for him
  • Kyle Busch had a plan to go out and run a 20-lap run and actually ran a 22-lap run. The last four laps he ran to the top of the track and he picked up nearly half a second per lap compared to the bottom line.
  • Alex Bowman was matching Busch’s lap times at the top of the track late in a tire run and then when he went to the bottom for his last lap the lap time fell off by .4 seconds.
  • Joey Logano was out on sticker tires and running at the bottom line in the low-to-mid-29 second range (equal with most of the field) and he should be doing 15-20 laps in this run.
  • Brad Keselowski says he feels his car is fast this week and that if it comes down to track position they have the speed to overcome bad positioning.
  • In a graph during the broadcast the 22-lap run from Kyle Busch was broken down and it should that his last four laps were the same time as his 10th and 11th laps of the run after losing .5-.6 seconds up to lap 18th.
  • The 18-team has sent Kyle back out on the track for another long run on the same tires he just did the 22-lap run on to see how the time fall off is up to lap 40 on them.
  • Chase Elliott is having trouble with front grip in the car on the lower line and he wants to adjust the balance to see if they can fix it in the garage. During the race he will simply have to move around to find a line that works but the bottom line is good on short runs and could be effective late in the race after a caution.
  • Clint Bowyer has started to migrate up the race track as his run has gone longer in order to see what the lap times look like for him.
  • Kevin Harvick has run two different 15-lap runs and the first one is the best 15-lap average while the second run would be the second fastest one ahead of Kyle Busch currently sitting in second in that metric.
  • Erik Jones ran the second fastest lap average in the second practice and he’s run the fourth fastest in this session making him a bit of non-playoff sleeper.
  • Aric Almirola looks like his team is racing looser after the win at ‘Dega and he is sitting at P2 in 10-lap average with 3 minutes left in the session.
  • Joey Logano said the wind was a big factor on the line you could run when the gusts kicked up and pushed his car up the track during the session and it made him cautious driving right up against the wall.

Second Practice for Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas Speedway

Saturday, October 20th 10:30 am ET

50 minutes in length

Weather

50 degrees Air Temp I Wind at 7 mph I 65% Humidity 

Penalized Drivers

 No drivers were penalized in this session

Top-20 Speeds (one lap)

Pos Car Driver Make Laps Last Lap Best Time Best Speed Best Lap
1 10 Aric Almirola (P) Ford 33 161.021 28.926 186.683 1
2 20 Erik Jones Toyota 23 182.131 28.939 186.599 3
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Toyota 25 179.39 28.977 186.355 2
4 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Ford 36 181.208 28.985 186.303 3
5 18 Kyle Busch (P) Toyota 33 177.971 28.993 186.252 3
6 42 Kyle Larson (P) Chevy 35 179.587 29.071 185.752 2
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 29 180.487 29.089 185.637 2
8 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Ford 30 179.85 29.099 185.573 2
9 88 Alex Bowman (P) Chevy 21 177.789 29.1 185.567 3
10 22 Joey Logano (P) Ford 26 176.829 29.103 185.548 1
11 24 William Byron # Chevy 39 145.537 29.113 185.484 2
12 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Ford 32 178.436 29.122 185.427 3
13 21 Paul Menard Ford 30 178.383 29.156 185.211 1
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 16 180 29.172 185.109 4
15 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 27 178.755 29.186 185.02 1
16 43 Bubba Wallace # Chevy 20 61.13 29.22 184.805 1
17 95 Regan Smith Chevy 24 177.883 29.274 184.464 2
18 41 Kurt Busch (P) Ford 31 177.93 29.275 184.458 4
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 5 184.451 29.276 184.451 5
20 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Ford 39 179.838 29.276 184.451 2

 

Best Average Speeds

Items of Notes:

  • The broadcast didn’t have audio for the first 17 minutes of the session
  • Brad Keselowski feels like he’s in a must win situation given who is ahead of him in the standings right now
  • Jamie McMurray had a fire under his car with 31 minutes left in the session that was caused by an oil leak and it brought out a red flag for the session.
  • At the time of the red flag Aric Almirola had run the fastest lap of the session
  • The 10-car team feels like the car didn’t fire off well enough in the May race here and that’s what they are working on this week and they are feeling pretty good about the car with nearly getting the pole on Friday evening.
  • A few teams that will make the Round of 8 are planning strategy around getting bonus points this week to close the gap between their competitors after the reset that comes following the Kansas race.
  • The track opened back up with 20 minutes left in the original practice
  • Alex Bowman has the ninth fastest time in this practice to this point and has the best overall average for laps run. He needs a win to advance. The counterpoint is that Bowman has only run six laps before the red flag came out
  • Kurt Busch doesn’t like how tight his car is and is getting early in a run. He couldn’t get the car to turn the way he wanted it too. The first run it was tight on corner entry and the second it was tight on corner exit and he didn’t feel that the car was connected through the corner and wasn’t getting off the corner like he wanted.
  • Kyle Larson says he is comfortable in the backup car this week and so far with 12 minutes left he was sixth fastest on the board in that car.
  • Kyle Busch is complaining of his car being too tight on him despite him still laying down one of the fastest laps of the session and one of the best lap averages too.
  • Kevin Harvick has run more laps this session than anyone and he is atop 10-lap average and third in lap average overall even with old tires on the car.

Opening Practice Hollywood Casino 400

Kansas Speedway

Friday, October 19th 2:05 pm ET

50 minutes in length

Weather

57 degrees Air Temp I 10-15 mph WSW winds I Overcast skies

Penalized Drivers

No drivers were penalized for this first session

Best Average Speeds

No drivers ran 10 laps consecutively to qualify for the lap averages.

Top-20 Speeds (one lap)

Pos Car Driver Make Laps Last Lap Best Time Best Speed Best Lap
1 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Ford 5 191.205 28.106 192.13 3
2 18 Kyle Busch (P) Toyota 5 191.768 28.159 191.768 5
3 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Ford 3 191.761 28.16 191.761 3
4 22 Joey Logano (P) Ford 5 189.9 28.179 191.632 3
5 9 Chase Elliott (P) Chevy 5 190.248 28.21 191.421 3
6 20 Erik Jones Toyota 5 191.076 28.227 191.306 3
7 21 Paul Menard Ford 5 191.13 28.253 191.13 5
8 41 Kurt Busch (P) Ford 5 190.027 28.279 190.954 3
9 10 Aric Almirola (P) Ford 4 190.349 28.299 190.819 1
10 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Ford 5 189.74 28.304 190.786 3
11 24 William Byron # Chevy 5 190.665 28.322 190.665 5
12 88 Alex Bowman (P) Chevy 7 189.607 28.327 190.631 5
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 7 190.496 28.338 190.557 5
14 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 7 190.107 28.405 190.107 7
15 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Toyota 3 190.087 28.408 190.087 3
16 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Ford 5 189.887 28.438 189.887 5
17 37 Chris Buescher Chevy 7 189.793 28.452 189.793 7
18 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 4 189.767 28.456 189.767 4
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 5 189.567 28.469 189.68 3
20 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 5 189.6 28.481 189.6 5

 

Items of Note:

  • The colder weather has increased speeds early in the first session with Martin Truex Jr. posting the fastest lap five minutes in while going 204 mph into Turn 1.
  • Everybody is in qualifying trim in this practice and working on different lines for their qualifying lap.
  • With 35 minutes left in the session Brad Keselowski is one second slower than Aric Almirola who is the fastest lap so far. Over the radio he said he thought he left everything on the track and is still in 20th on the speed charts.
  • Alex Bowman is trying to learn about Kevin Harvick’s most recent line to get speed out of the track. He jumped from P19 to P2 on his second mock Q lap run.
  • With 28 minutes left in practice Jimmie Johnson had some issue in Turn 2 and was big time loose when it got down onto the splitter.
  • Chase Elliott said he was able to improve his lap time to get to P3 on the charts by driving the car harder into the corner in Turn 1 and that’s what the rest of the field seems to be doing as well as the speeds keep improving throughout the session.
  • Kyle Larson with 15 minutes left tore up the front right of the car when he hit the wall in Turn 2 after getting very loose and over correcting it. He is going to a backup car and will have to start from the rear.
  • Ryan Blaney went out late in the session and ran the fastest lap of the session nearly a half mile an hour faster than Kyle Busch.
  • By the end of the session Brad Keselowski had brought his speed up to just .3 seconds off the fastest lap but was still P16 on the board.
  • Once more the Fords are showing their speed early as seven of the top-10 speeds were run by Ford drivers with two Toyotas sandwiched in P2 and P6