Thursday, March 23, 2023

Brad Keselowski Leads Final Cup Series for Team Penske at Phoenix, Kyle Larson Second

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – JUNE 10: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 PPG Ford, prepares for the NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, 2020 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

In his final practice session for Team Penske, Brad Keselowski has topped the speed charts at Phoenix Raceway, putting down a lap time of 26.591 seconds in his No. 2 Ford Mustang.

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion put his lap down early in the session and stayed there, as many drivers worked on race runs throughout the 50-minute session.

‘Championship 4’ driver Kyle Larson took the runner-up spot in the session, with Matt DiBenedetto, Christopher Bell, and Chase Elliott rounding out the top-five. William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, and Tyler Reddick also notched top-10 lap times.

Martin Truex Jr. didn’t immediately head onto the track to start the session, waiting until after caution flew five minutes into the practice to go onto the race track, posting the 18th-fastest time late in the session.

Other notables included: Kevin Harvick (11th), Joey Logano (14th), Kyle Busch (16th), and Aric Almirola (21st). Timmy Hill posted the slowest lap time in the session, clocking in 2.7 seconds slower than Keselowski, at a time of 29.208 seconds.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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