Posted 03/05/2011 at 02:42 PM
The final practice session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- in preparation for Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 -- was and hour and 15 minutes long, but it only took the first three minutes to decide who was fastest on the day as Matt Kenseth laid down an early lap of 184.112 that no one could top. Kenseth is definitely fast, but as the temperature got hotter by the minutes, it made it tougher for anyone to top his speed.
The standouts of the session based on average speeds and laps run were Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart who put in four of the top five best averages. Kenseth finished sixth best on averages while A.J. Allmendinger, Martin Truex Jr and David Ruetimann also impressed.
The surprise of the session was the lack of speed shown by any of the ECR engines where drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer all struggled. The top performer of the crew united by their engines was Paul Menard who was fourth best in average speeds.
Two of the race favorites, Jimmie Johnson was 15th fastest with teammate Jeff Gordon coming in 21st.