BRAD KESELOWSKI/No.2 Miller Lite Dodge was the fastest car in Happy Hour NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Saturday noon at Infineon Raceway. He drove 91.725 mph/78.103 seconds. The twenty-something driver turned the most laps of any driver in the 75-minute session – 31.
Keselowski was also the top “Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average” driver for the second day in a row. His average speed was 90.219 mph, between Laps 15-24. Keselowski turned his fastest time on Lap 16. Smooth is fast.
JAMIE McMURRAY/No.1 McDonald’s Chevrolet was second overall, followed by KURT BUSCH/No.22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, JUAN PABLO MONTOYA/No.42 Cottonelle Chevrolet and CLINT BOWYER/No.33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet.
MARTIN TRUEX Jr/No.56 NAPA Auto Parts was the top Toyota in sixth position, and A.J. ALLMENDINGER/No.43 Best Buy was the top Ford, in P12.
Pole sitter JOEY LOGANO/No.20 The Home Depot Toyota was twenty-ninth. Last year’s race winner, JIMMIE JOHNSON/No.48 Lowes Chevrolet was twenty-second, and the 2010 also ran, MARCO AMBROSE/No.9 Stanley Ford was fifteenth fastest.
This was the last session for the 43-car field before Sunday noon’s Toyota/SavMart 350 race. The temperature was mid-sixties, but felt cooler because of the strong, biting winds.
All but three drivers drove double-digit laps.
While most of the occasional/specialist drivers were down on the charts, ANDY PILGRIM/No.46 Red Line Oil Chevrolet moved up to thirty-first.
The other three consistent ten lap drivers were McMurray, DENNY HAMLIN/No.11 FedEx Freight Toyota, and TONY STEWART/No.14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet. Hamlin finished eighteenth and Stewart was P25 in the session.
Sunday’s Pre-Race Ceremonies begin at 10:35 am, with the 110-lap race start set for noon local time.