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Kevin Harvick tops rain-shortened practice at Charlotte


CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 18: during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Sean Gardner

CONCORD, N.C. - Kevin Harvick had the fastest lap in Friday’s rain-shortened practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Harvick had a top lap of 170.406 mph with the new aero package that includes restrictor plates - the first time restrictor plates have been used at Charlotte. Rain limited drivers to no more than five laps of practice.

Harvick was followed by Kurt Busch (169.502 mph), Denny Hamlin (169.428), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (169.412) and Clint Bowyer (169.030).

Among those who did not record a lap were Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne.

“You know the first time that I got out of my garage stall, I made it to the end of pit road and backed up,’' Busch said of being stopped by rain. “The second time I got out down the backstretch, hit fourth gear and then pretty much came back to pit road (because of rain). That was about all I’ve got of practice right now.’'

NASCAR had teams in the All-Star Race and Monster Open practice together.

Click here for practice report