Today the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a four hour test session to see how the new configuration would hold up. Many teams chosen to stick with qualifying runs, race runs and a little bit of both.
Kevin Harvick posted the fastest lap this afternoon with a 28.399 seconds, 190.148 mph. He completed a total of 42 laps today and ran his fastest lap on his 42nd lap. Harvick heads into this weekend with a lot of momentum after a win last weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway.
“I thought it went really well. We struggled in the beginning just to get the feel. It took us a couple of hours to kind of get everything situated and get the balance of the car right,” said Harvick. “Then we felt pretty good about it after that. Changed a lot of stuff and did a lot of different things to the car. Felt like we made good head way in the end and hopefully we can progress on that tomorrow and make it even better.”
Second fastest today was Austin Dillon with a 28.490 seconds, 189.540 mph. Dillon turned a total of 56 laps in his No. 3 Cheerios Chevrolet with his best lap coming on his 55th time around the track. He was just 0.091 seconds behind the session leader, Kevin Harvick.
Trevor Bayne led the session some this afternoon before Harvick took him off the top spot. His fastest lap came on his 34th circuit around the speedway with a fast time of 28.629 seconds, 188.620 mph. Bayne turned a total of 38 laps during the four hour session.
There was two incidents this afternoon that brought out the caution. One was early on after Brian Vickers smacked the wall and suffered some cosmetic damage to the side of his No. 55 Aarons Toyota. That car was the team’s primary and will fix the car before tomorrow’s practice sessions. The second incident involved Dave Blaney off turn four towards the end of the test session where he spun. He did not hit anything.
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