LAS VEGAS -- Kyle Busch posted the fastest lap on the first
day of testing at Las Vegas Motorspeedway, going 183.580 mph on
Busch bettered new teammate Tony Stewart, who had the next
fastest laps at 182.426 and 182.334 in two different Toyota Camrys.
Denny Hamlin, the third driver at Joe Gibbs Racing, was fastest in
the morning session but was just 24th best in the afternoon.
Busch's day was a continuation of the strong tests he's had
since moving to JGR this season. He was fast at Atlanta in October,
and posted the fastest time during the first Daytona testing
session earlier this month.
Now he's fast in his hometown, and is proving he's landed on his
feet since his dismissal from Hendrick Motorsports at the end of
"You go to every race track and try to make the best of it, and
I've got a great bunch of guys with Joe Gibbs Racing and the Toyota
power underneath the hood," Busch said. "It's important for us to
come out here and look good, and ultimately make Joe and J.D.
[Gibbs] look good for picking me.
"It's been pretty cool to come out here -- as well as the
Atlanta and Daytona test -- and be fast at all of them."
Carl Edwards had the fourth and fifth fastest laps in Fords
fielded by Roush Fenway Racing with a best speed of 182.119, and
Busch was sixth in his second car. Kevin Harvick had the fastest
Chevrolet at 181.830.
There were five on-track incidents on the first day of testing.
Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr., two Indianapolis 500 winners
who have moved from the IndyCar Series to NASCAR this season, both
wrecked, as did David Ragan.
The test continues Tuesday at Las Vegas before the Sprint Cup
Series moves to California Speedway for two more days of testing
later this week.