Kevin Harvick paces second practice at Auto Club
Kevin Harvick topped the leaderboard in Saturday’s second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway at 175.867 mph in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in advance of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Harvick has one win at the 2-mile California track in 2011 and is still looking for his first victory of the 2019 season.
Right behind him was series points leader Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 175.773 mph. Busch is one victory away from logging 200 NASCAR wins in all three series this weekend, making NASCAR history at Auto Club.
Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford (175.644 mph), Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (175.550 mph) and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Daniel Hemric in the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (175.409).
Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet got into the wall in Turn 4 late in practice after a tight squeeze by Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. He scraped the right rear quarter panel of his Chevrolet but didn’t suffer from any significant damage.
The final practice session is at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.