Kyle Busch Fastest at Bristol in Final Sprint Cup Practice

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch topped the chart in final Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 14.796 and a speed of 129.684 mph. Martin Truex Jr. was second with a time of 14.807 and a speed of 129.587 mph. Matt Kenseth was third in his No. 20 JGR Toyota with a time of 14.830 and a speed of 129.386 mph. Ryan Blaney was fourth in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford with a time of 14.836 and a speed of 129.334 mph. Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five in his No. 11 JGR Toyota with a time of 14.845 and a speed of 129.256 mph.

Jamie McMurray was sixth in his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Kyle Larson was seventh in his No. 42 CGR Chevrolet. Joey Logano was eighth in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Carl Edwards was ninth in his No. 19 JGR Toyota. Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-10 in his No. 2 Penske Ford.

Hamlin posted the fastest 10 consecutive lap average at a speed of 127.193 mph. Busch was second at an average speed of 127.015 mph. Chase Elliott was third at an average speed of 126.865 mph.

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The Sprint Cup Series is back on track at 5:45 p.m. for qualifying.

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