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Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick fastest in final NASCAR Cup practice at Darlington


during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 1, 2017 in Darlington, South Carolina.

Brian Lawdermilk

Kyle Busch roared back from an early spin to record the fastest speed in Friday’s final NASCAR Cup practice at Darlington Raceway.

Busch (173.320 mph) and Kevin Harvick (173.070) were the only drivers to exceed 173 mph.

Jamie McMurray was third (172.990), followed by NASCAR Cup points leader Martin Truex Jr. (172.729).

Denny Hamlin had a good day. Not only did he have the fifth fastest speed (172.632) in the final Cup practice, he also was fastest in both Xfinity Series practices.

Brad Keselowski (172.614) was sixth in the final Cup practice, followed by Ryan Blaney (172.426), Austin Dillon (172.275), Kasey Kahne (172.269) and Daniel Suarez (172.215).

In addition to Kyle Busch’s spin, Trevor Bayne scraped the right side of his Ford Fusion in the latter stages of the session. Kyle Larson, who was fastest in the opening practice and was held from the first 30 minutes of the final practice, also suffered right-side damage that required repairs by the team.

Among the slower notables were Joey Logano (24th fastest at 170.118) and Jimmie Johnson (23rd, 170.271)

Qualifying for Sunday’s main event, the Bojangles’ Southern 500, will take place Saturday.

Click here for full results from Friday’s second practice.