He’s Back? Kyle Busch Paces “Happy Hour”

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)

Kyle Busch won this race at Richmond last season, and after Friday’s final practice session he looks to be on his way to repeating the feat. Busch clicked off a lap of 21.7 seconds, which equates to a 124.395 mph average speed. Busch ran a total of 31 laps in the session, and he would be an overwhelming favorite to capture the pole in qualifying later Friday evening.

Toyota dominated the session, not only did they have Kyle Busch who was the fastest, but David Reutimann and Joey Logano were second and third fastest in their Toyotas. Juan Pablo Montoya was the highest Chevrolet in the session with a lap of 123.876 mph, which was fourth quick.

Jeff Gordon, who has had run-ins with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson in two straight races, was able to steer clear of trouble in Final Practice at Richmond. Gordon turned a lap of 123.615 mph, which was good enough for fifth fastest for him.

Other Notables: Greg Biffle (6th), Carl Edwards (7th), Kurt Busch (8th), Kasey Kahne (12th), Kevin Harvick (13th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (14th), and Jimmie Johnson (25th).

A.J. Allmendinger suffered frustration in this session. “The Dinger” slammed the wall, which forced the team to focus on repairs for the majority of practice, but Allmendinger was able to turn a lap near the end of practice that was 17th fastest. Allmendinger and his Richard Petty Motorsports team were able to get his primary car fixed, and didn’t have to go to a back-up.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of TheFinalLap.com and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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