Kyle Busch leads final Cup practice at NHMS

Hamlin snaps cold spell in New Hampshire

Kyle Larson landed the fourth-fastest spot in final practice at 130.514 miles per hour in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet.

After going 1-2 at Kentucky, Truex trailed his young rival by one point in the standings before NASCAR penalized Larson 35 points for a rules infraction.

Daniel Suarez was third quick with a speed of 130.663mph just before the 10-minute mark but was bumped by Martin Truex Jr.

Truex, crew chief Cole Pearn and his Furniture Row team have transformed the No. 78 Toyota into the vehicle everybody in the elite field is chasing.

However, more trouble awaited Larson and the No. 42 CGR team in post-qualifying technical inspection on Friday.

Ganassi did not appeal the penalty.

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"You never know but I think performance-wise and speed-wise we have what it takes to get the job done, but still it is racing and you never know what is going to happen". Jones and Earnhardt served double 15-minute holds for failing pre-qualifying at Kentucky and pre-race inspection at New Hampshire. Jimmie Johnson will start second, Matt Kenseth will start third, Jamie McMurray will start fourth, and Kasey Kahne will round out the top-five.

"This is the continuation of what we started in 2015, when we started figuring things out as a group". 11 different drivers have won through the first 18 races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Joe Gibbs Racing tries to grab its first win of the season.

Kenseth, Busch and Hamlin are again all chasing Truex.

"It's the biggest question of the universe right now, probably, which is why the 78 is outperforming the house cars, so we're just as confused and disgruntled by it as probably others", Busch said.

With Jones moving on, Furniture Row owner Barney Visser has not decided if the team will field two cars next season. "He's been a good teammate".

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