Posted: May 30, 2014

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) held one practice and qualifying for the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks today at Dover International Speedway (Dover)

Qualifying Results

P1          Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford – 21.892 seconds

P5           Kyle Larson, No. 42 Cottonelle Chevrolet SS – 22.075 seconds

P19        Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS – 22.143 seconds

First Practice results

P1          Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota – 21.648 seconds

P3           Kyle Larson, No. 42 Cottonelle Chevrolet SS – 21.794 seconds

P24        Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS – 21.966 seconds

Details of the Day

  • Larson was the highest finishing and fastest Rookie of the Year contender in qualifying (163.080 mph), and the only rookie to transfer into the final round of 12 drivers
  • McMurray missed the transfer to the second and final round of knockout qualifying by only five one-hundredths of a second

Kyle Larson, No. 42 Cottonelle Chevrolet SS: “Qualifying was pretty good for us today, ending up fifth.  We had a fast Cottonelle Chevy in practice and my Target crew worked on it a little bit there during our qualifying runs and got a little bit better.  Happy with a top-five starting spot for Sunday’s race; we just have to get our race car a little bit better and we should be right up there with the top guys.”

Chris Heroy, Crew Chief, No. 42 Cottonelle Chevrolet SS: “We had a good day with the Cottonelle Chevy, in both race and qualifying trim.  Dover’s concrete surface is particularly temperature sensitive and we ran today in cool, cloudy conditions.  Tomorrow’s sunny forecast will require some adjustment but, so far so good with the car.  We’ll go to work tonight and be ready for tomorrow’s two practices.”

Keith Rodden, Crew Chief No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS: “Not the qualifying result that we were looking for today, but our car was pretty good, just a little bit tight off of turn four.  We only missed the 12th place transfer spot to advance to final round of qualifying by .005 (five-one-hundredths) of a second.  That is how close the competition is here.  We focused primarily on race-run set-up in practice this morning and had the car pretty good.  We only made a couple of mock-qualifying runs, one on scuffs and one on sticker tires.  I think our car will be good on long runs again for Sunday’s race.  We will hit the notes tonight and work on our plan for tomorrow’s practice to get our Cessna Chevy ready to race .”

NSCS teams will have two practices tomorrow in preparation for the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks from 9:30 - 10:20 a.m. ET and 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. ET.  Both practice sessions will be covered live on FOX Sports 1.

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