The practice session at Kansas speedway will see who will get the pole qualifying positions in Saturdays session. This will take place at 18.40 ET and the top racers will then go through to the final. Not only does the practice session set the pole positions for qualifying, it also gives the drivers a chance to get used to the course and everyone else to see what sort of form they are in and therefore what to expect in qualifying and the big race itself.
The first practice session saw Kyle Larson setting the pace. He ran in 61 laps on the 1.5 mile track and managed to run his 20th lap in the fastest time of 189.076. Aric Almirola did the second fastest lap at a speed of 188.62./ Kasey Kahne, Dave Blaney and Clint Bowyer were also all in the top five with regards to lap speed. Jeff Gordon did not do as well as expected. Being the points leader so far as well as a winner twice in Kansas on previous occasions he put in the ninth fastest time. Although not poor, more may have been expected of him, but there might be more to come. More was also expected of the defending race winner Matt Kenseth who only managed the 28th fastest time, but there may be more to come from him. Ryan Blaney made a notable time coming in 17th fastest. He is hoping to make his debut at the sprint cup on Saturday.
In the second practice session Tony Stewart beat topped the leaderboard knocking Clint Bowyer down to second place. Steward managed a 192.809 mph lap and was in a group of five drivers that all managed to beat the track qualifying record set by Matt Kenseth last year. Jimmie Johnson was in third place, having been a winner twice in Kansas there was certainly pressure for him to do well. Kyle Larson did well again, after coming first in the first practice session and came fourth raising expectations for him even higher. It was Kevin Harvick who came in fifth place. The points leader, Jeff Gordon was in sixth place.