Kyle Busch Fastest in First Cup Practice at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch topped the chart in first 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 14.878 and a speed of 128.969 mph. Denny Hamlin was second in his No. 11 JGR Toyota with a time of 14.915 and a speed of 128.649 mph. Kyle Larson was third in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with a time of 14.921 and a speed of 128.597 mph. Chase Elliott was fourth in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a time of 14.931 and a speed of 128.511 mph. Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five in his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with a time of 14.932 and a speed of 128.503 mph.

Brad Keselowski was sixth in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford. Ryan Blaney was seventh in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. Austin Dillon was eighth in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Martin Truex Jr. was ninth in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Carl Edwards rounded out the top-10 in his No. 19 JGR Toyota.

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Hamlin posted the fastest 10 consecutive lap average at a speed of 126.740 mph. Blaney was second at an average speed of 126.485 mph. Keselowski was third at an average speed of 126.219 mph.


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