Pole winner Logano leads final Phoenix practice – Nascar

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Coors Light Pole winner Joey Logano continued to show speed at Phoenix International Raceway as he led Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, turning a lap at the 1-mile track at 134.736 mph in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

Matt Kenseth was second in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 134.519 mph. Rounding out the top five were Kyle Busch in the No. 18 JGR Toyota at 134.399 mph, Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford at 134.384 and Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 134.368 mph.

Daniel Suarez’s car spun early in the final practice session, and the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota skidded toward the inside wall before stopping short of it. He returned to practice with about nine minutes remaining in the session.

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Earlier in the day, Chase Elliott led the opening practice Saturday, traveling around the 1-mile track in his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet at 135.977 mph. This came on the heels of Elliott topping Friday’s only practice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at 137.101 mph.

Logano was second at 135.446 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Kyle Larson (Chevrolet), Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota) and Keselowski (Ford) rounded out the top five. 

RELATED: Stenhouse hits the wall in practice

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hit the wall early in practice, bringing out the red flag and doing minimal damage to the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Stenhouse indicated it was a brake problem that caused him to lose control of the car. He came back out on track with the same vehicle (i.e. not a backup car).

Three teams served 15-minute penalties at the start of practice for issues during pre-qualifying inspection: The No. 3 of Austin Dillon, the No. 13 of Ty Dillon and the No. 38 of David Ragan.

Monster Energy Cup Series returns to the track Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET for the Camping World 500 (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 


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