Brad Keselowski – Said his car is really good and unloaded with a lot of speed. Said he’s really fast in race trim. Likes his balance and said so far so good. Said his car is just as good or better as last year when the rules package was different. Towards the end of practice his crew chief said, “From what I can tell, it looks like we’re right there.” Had some type of smoke issue in the closing minutes. His team thinks everything is OK.
Kurt Busch – Towards the start he said, “Much better balance, a little loose on exit but it’s tied together well.”
Kevin Harvick – Has good long run speed. He’s likely focusing on comfort which is what he did last year in practice sessions and went on to dominate the race. Said his car is doing everything he wants it to do.
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Chase Elliott – Started with a 21 lap run. Has a fast car this weekend. His crew chief has been pleased with his car. Made two twenty lap runs. Has good balance.