Truex, Larson lead Saturday’s Monster Energy Series practices in Loudon – Nascar

RELATED: Final practice results

Martin Truex Jr. jumped to the top of the leaderboard for Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, wheeling his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota around the 1.058-mile track at 131.647 mph.

Kevin Harvick was second-fastest in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 131.633 mph.

Polesitter Kyle Busch was third in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 131.515 mph.

Daniel Suarez in the No. 19 JGR Toyota, and Kyle Larson, who led the first two practice sessions, rounded out the top five.

Ty Dillon was forced to a backup car when his No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet clipped the outside wall and was damaged. He had qualified to start 30th Sunday in the ISM Connect 300 (2 p.m., NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

More than a dozen cars served practice holds for inspection violations, the most severe of which was the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano sitting for the entire 50-minute session after failing pre-qualifying inspection Friday.

Serving 30-minute holds were the No. 78 of Truex Jr. and the No. 1 of Jamie McMurray for failing pre-race inspection three times at Chicago, and the No. 19 of Suarez and No. 77 of Erik Jones for failing pre-race inspection at Chicago twice and pre-qualifying inspection at New Hampshire twice.

Fifteen-minute holds were issued to: No. 4 Harvick, No. 10 Danica Patrick, No. 13 Dillon, No. 23 Corey LaJoie, No. 24 Chase Elliott, No. 31 Ryan Newman, No. 32 Matt DiBenedetto, No. 38 David Ragan and No. 48 Jimmie Johnson.

RELATED: Early practice results

Kyle Larson led Saturday’s opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, turning a lap in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet at 132.586 mph.

Larson also was fastest in Friday’s Monster Energy Series practice; he will start second in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300.

Ryan Blaney was second-fastest in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford, speeding around the 1.058-mile track at 132.517 mph.

Last week’s NASCAR Playoffs opener winner Martin Truex Jr. was third in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota at 132.503 mph.

A pair of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Matt Kenseth in the No. 20  Toyota and Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Toyota, rounded out the top five.

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