Matt Kenseth pleased Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday morning after he clocked 156.788 mph in his Toyota at the Dover International Speedway Sprint Cup practice.
In the afternoon final practice, the smiles at Joe Gibbs Racing widened as Kyle Busch set the fastest speed with 153.224 mph, with Kenseth second, Juan Pablo Montoya third and points leader Jimmie Johnson forth.
Although Busch set the fastest speed Saturday afternoon, a shadow of doubt still hangs over JGR concerning their Toyota’s engine reliability. Having suffered a second engine failure of the season, the durability of the TRD piece is still in question.
“What’s explained to me each and every time I break? There’s no fix for it,” Busch told Yahoo News, “It is what it is, sort of the luck of the draw… The bummer is that I keep picking the wrong straw. I hate that it keeps happening to us? But like I said, there’s nothing to fix it.”
Both Busch and teammate Kenseth also suffered engine failures at the season-opening Daytona 500, a fact that will no doubt be in the back of the JGR drivers’ minds.
Despite claiming the FedEx 400 pole on Friday, Denny Hamlin only managed 13th in the final practice. Fans of the popular Danica Patrick will be a little more enthusiastic after she clocked a speed fast enough for 33rd, six places higher than she qualified.
The remaining big names weren’t far of the pace, with Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounding out the top 10.
The Sprint Cup race starts on Sunday at 1 pm ET.