DOVER, Del. — Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning practice, then was second-fastest in the afternoon practice session for Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks.
Keselowski’s Miller Lite Ford clocked 159.702 mph on its first lap of the morning. Kevin Harvick (Budweiser Chevrolet, 159.341) was next at 159.341 mph, a far cry from the 163 mph and faster that drivers were turning during Friday’s record-shattering qualifying runs.
Brian Vickers, Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Marcos Ambrose and Johnson also topped 158 mph in race trim during the first practice.
Johnson’s early speed of 158.863 mph held up in the afternoon. He was followed on the pylon by Keselowski (158.270), Ryan Newman (158.263) and Denny Hamlin (158.193). Happy Hour was incident-free, with Harvick, Johnson and Keselowski recording the best average times for 10 consecutive laps.