Kyle Larson fastest in opening Cup practice at Richmond

Kyle Larson turned in the fastest lap in the opening practice for Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

Larson, driving his No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro, put down a lap of 22.815 besting the time of Virginia-native Denny Hamlin by 0.004 seconds. A few surprise names were atop the leaderboard with Chris Buescher third and David Ragan fifth. Kyle Busch was fourth fastest.

Joey Gase may have the most talked about/photographed car this week as he drives the No. 66 Toyota honoring former NASCAR artist Sam Bass. He was 36th fastest of 37 cars.

The MENCS will qualify later Friday and run the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday at 7:30 pm ET.

MENCS Opening Practice Speeds Richmond

RaceRank No Driver BestLapTime BestSpeed BestLap Laps
1 42 Kyle Larson 22.185 121.704 6 25
2 11 Denny Hamlin 22.189 121.682 5 43
3 37 Chris Buescher 22.197 121.638 6 42
4 18 Kyle Busch 22.202 121.611 4 55
5 38 David Ragan 22.219 121.518 4 33
6 41 Daniel Suarez 22.224 121.49 37 41
7 19 Martin Truex Jr 22.232 121.447 5 29
8 1 Kurt Busch 22.246 121.37 6 42
9 4 Kevin Harvick 22.26 121.294 6 28
10 22 Joey Logano 22.274 121.218 8 44
11 12 Ryan Blaney 22.285 121.158 4 45
12 20 Erik Jones 22.366 120.719 4 51
13 10 Aric Almirola 22.372 120.687 8 49
14 47 Ryan Preece # 22.395 120.563 6 37
15 88 Alex Bowman 22.42 120.428 8 41
16 13 Ty Dillon 22.433 120.358 7 58
17 43 Bubba Wallace 22.441 120.315 4 37
18 34 Michael McDowell 22.453 120.251 4 51
19 21 Paul Menard 22.454 120.246 19 49
20 24 William Byron 22.46 120.214 8 55
21 95 Matt DiBenedetto 22.464 120.192 6 42
22 2 Brad Keselowski 22.47 120.16 12 49
23 3 Austin Dillon 22.473 120.144 12 53
24 9 Chase Elliott 22.484 120.085 13 68
25 36 Matt Tifft # 22.538 119.798 15 44
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 22.538 119.798 19 59
27 6 Ryan Newman 22.551 119.729 12 28
28 48 Jimmie Johnson 22.644 119.237 10 49
29 00 Landon Cassill 22.649 119.211 6 39
30 8 Daniel Hemric # 22.674 119.079 10 48
31 14 Clint Bowyer 22.698 118.953 22 38
32 15 Ross Chastain(i) 22.719 118.843 13 34
33 32 Corey LaJoie 22.912 117.842 6 25
34 51 Jeb Burton(i) 23.153 116.616 10 16
35 52 Bayley Currey(i) 23.192 116.419 9 15
36 *66 Joey Gase(i) 23.535 114.723 13 13
37 77 Quin Houff 23.568 114.562 5 44