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DOVER, Del. -The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers were back on track Saturday morning at Dover International Speedway in the first of two practices in advance of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism (Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, FS1).
And when the 55-minute session ended, Kyle Busch was once again atop the speed charts.
Busch won the pole on Friday afternoon and he was fastest again this morning, running a best lap of 158.040 miles per hour in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
After finishing in the runner-up spot last weekend at Charlotte, Busch is looking to win for the first time this season. Last year at this time, JGR already had seven race victories, but the team is winless so far in 2017.
Busch wasnt the only driver flashing speed on a cool, gray Saturday morning at the Monster Mile.
Second fast was Ryan Blaney, who ran 157.929 mph in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.
Two-time Dover winner Martin Truex Jr. clocked in third, ahead of 10-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Rookie Erik Jones spun the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota midway through the session, but kept his car off the wall.
The final round of Cup practice takes place at 11:30 a.m. ET and will be televised live on FS1.
Full practice results
Propelling his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet at 159.915 mph, Kyle Larson topped the leaderboard in Friday’s opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Dover International Speedway.
A pair of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates — Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch — were next on the leaderboard; Kenseth was second-fastest with a top speed of 159.603 mph in his No. 20 Toyota, while Busch’s 159.398 mph lap in his No. 18 Toyota was third-best in the field. Kenseth is the reigning race winner at Dover, having won the spring race at the Monster Mile in 2016.
A late run moved Dover’s most recent winner Martin Truex Jr. into the fourth spot on the leaderboard, his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota clocking a 159.208-mph lap.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch wheeled his No. 41 Ford at 159.039 mph around the short track to round out the top five.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh-fastest in his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (158.688 mph).
Ten-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson ranked 12th on the speed charts in his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Johnson last won at the Monster Mile in May 2015.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is back on track at Dover for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 3:50 p.m. ET (FS1)