With rain potentially affecting qualifying later today for Sunday’s Bad Boy Off Road 300 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN) the practice session on Friday morning for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series became bigger than originally expected. If qualifying gets rained out, the starting lineup will be set by this sessions speed chart.
That’s why so many Chase drivers were up front when the checkered flag flew on the session.
Kyle Larson led the way with a speed of 135.941 mph in his No. 42 Chevrolet. Larson, typically runs well at New Hampshire, and with all of the momentum he has entering this weekend, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver being quickest shouldn’t come to a surprise.
Fellow Chaser Chase Elliott was second quickest as the rookie turned a lap of 135.893 mph in his No. 24 Chevy.
Rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet at 135.757 mph, Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 135.738 mph and series points leader Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota 135.709 mph.
Austin Dillon crashed into the outside wall of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Turn 1 late in Friday’s first Sprint Cup Series practice session, and suffered significant damage to the right rear of the No. 3 Chevrolet that will require a move to a backup car. He finished the session 32nd (132.813 mph).