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KURT BUSCH SETS PACE FOR SECOND CUP PRACTICE

Record-setting polesitter Kurt Busch continued to show the way around Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon, topping the speed chart during the weekend’s second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for the AAA Texas 500.

Busch toured TMS’ high-banked/1.5-mile oval in 28.159-seconds and 191.768 mph on the seventh of his 29 laps in preparation for Sunday’s 334-lap/501-mile Round of 8 Playoff race. A little over 24-hours earlier, Busch led a five-driver assault on the 200 mph barrier with a track-record lap in 26.877-seconds at 200.915 mph in his No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion.

A free-agent at Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch secured his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and second in 30 races at TMS Friday. Busch’s hot lap broke the previous record set by retired/three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart – co-owner of Kurt’s car – of 26.985-seconds/200.111 mph set in November 2014.

Busch is not among the eight drivers attempting to advance into the Championship 4 round at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks. Denny Hamlin led that group Saturday with a lap at 191.110 mph that placed his No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry second on the chart.

Among the other Playoff contenders, Chase Elliott was fifth after a lap at 190.853 mph in the No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet SS; point-leader Kyle Busch was sixth at 190.725 mph in the No. 18 M&Ms Caramel Toyota; Martin Truex Jr. was seventh at 190.449 mph in the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota; Ryan Blaney was eighth at 190.422 mph in the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford; Kevin Harvick was 12th after lapping at 189.987 mph in the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford; seven-time/reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was 16th at 189.261 mph in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy SS and Brad Keselowski was 23rd at 188.147 mph in the No. 2 Wurth Ford.

A final, 50-minute practice is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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