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Kurt Busch Forced to a Backup During Rain-Marred Cup Practice

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — After making hard contact with the Turn 2 wall during practice for the Pure Michigan 400 on Friday, Kurt Busch will be forced to spend the rest of the event at Michigan International Speedway driving his back-up car.

Busch and his No. 41 team unloaded extremely tight and battled the issue from his first lap on the track. He lightly touched the wall in Turns 3 and 4 during his first run, apologizing to his team for not lifting. On his second run, he remained tight and drilled the wall in Turns 1 and 2.

He was 17th on the speed charts at the time of his incident.


Meanwhile, teammate Kevin Harvick and eight other drivers, all topped 200 mph during the first practice session of the weekend. Harvick was the best of the field, leading all drivers with a best speed of 202.492 mph. Joey Logano was second-fastest, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

This was the only practice session of the day before qualifying this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. The session was slowed several times for debris and off-and-on rain showers. The forecast calls for increasing rain that may cancel qualifying and the ARCA Racing Series event.

If qualifying is rained out, the field will be set by this session. Two other practice sessions will be held on Saturday. The complete results of practice can be found below.

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Martin Truex Jr
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Carl Edwards
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  10. Ryan Blaney
  11. Matt Kenseth
  12. Brad Keselowski
  13. David Ragan
  14. Tony Stewart
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. Kyle Larson
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Kyle Busch
  19. Paul Menard
  20. Greg Biffle
  21. Casey Mears
  22. Ty Dillon
  23. Trevor Bayne
  24. Austin Dillon
  25. Jamie McMurray
  26. Sam Hornish Jr
  27. Clint Bowyer
  28. Aric Almirola
  29. AJ Allmendinger
  30. Landon Cassill
  31. David Gilliland
  32. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  33. J. Yeley
  34. Justin Allgaier
  35. Michael Annett
  36. Danica Patrick
  37. Alex Bowman
  38. Josh Wise
  39. Cole Whitt
  40. Brett Moffitt
  41. Jeb Burton
  42. Matt DiBenedetto
  43. Mike Bliss
  44. Brendan Gaughan

Matt Weaver is the Executive Editor of POPULAR SPEED. He has covered NASCAR since 2011 and full-time since 2013. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He has been published all across the country and routinely makes radio appearances on Sirius XM Satellite radio and NBC Sports Radio Network.

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