Kyle Busch posts fastest lap on first day of testing in Las Vegas

Updated: January 28, 2008, 10:33 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Kyle Busch posted the fastest lap on the first day of testing at Las Vegas Motorspeedway, going 183.580 mph on Monday.

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 last season.

"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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was eighth fastest in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevy and was followed by Clint Bowyer in a Chevy owned by Richard Childress Racing and Greg Biffle in a Roush Ford.

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.

Former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve and Dale Earnhardt Inc. rookie Regan Smith both spun their cars.

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.

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