Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones the fastest at Spongebob Squarepants 400 practice 1&2
Exactly at noon, the Spongebob Squarepants 400 first practice began at Kansas Speedway. Carl Edwards took the early lead with 28.416 time. Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhnardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. were behind him. Minutes later, Edwards improved to 28.381 and returned to the pits, while Kevin Harvick jumped to second with 29.009s, pushing Bowyer to third. Martin Truex Jr. went to second with 28.949 and was followed by Kyle Larson with 28.998 on third. Harvick soon returned to second with 28.935, but was pushed by Dale Jr. who did 28.779. Having scored 28.306 Kevin Harvick replaced Edwards and went to first while Tony Stewart earned third by doing 28.629, pushing Dale Jr. to fourth. In the last seconds, Joey Logano did 28.365s and went to second. So, the final standings after the first practice sessions were the following: Harvick was at first, Logano second, followed by Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Dale Jr. in top five. Sixth place went to Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski was at seventh. Matt Kenseth, Erik Jones and Truex Jr. were the last three in top ten.
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An hour later, the second round began with an early lead for Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer with 28.533s and 28.436s. Jeff Gordon soon went to second by scoring 28.464s, thus pushing Truex Jr. to third. For quite a long time, Dale Jr. and Jimmie Johnson were the last two in top five, until Denny Hamlin climbed to fifth with 28.594s. Minutes later, Ryan Newman went to fourth with 28.528, pushing Dale Jr. to fifth. Austin Dillon climbed to fourth by doing 28.515s. With less than ten minutes left, Erik Jones went to first with 28.259 on his Kansas debut, and Dale Jr. climbed to second with 28.362. However, Jones’ lead was short lived because Jeff Gordon went straight to first with 28.245. With a time of 28.400, Jamie McMurray went to fourth and Logano climbed to third with 28.312. Seconds later, Truex Jr. returned to top five by doing 28.348. In the last seconds, Erik Jones went to first by scoring 28.227s, which pushed Jeff Gordon to second. Logano was third, Truex jr. on fourth, and Dale Jr. on fifth. McMurray, Johnson, Bowyer and Keselowski were following the top five, and Aric Almirola was the last one in the top ten. The surprising results give us much hope for a very interesting qualifying session, so stay tuned!