Bowyer leads final practice at Martinsville

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Bowyer leads final practice at Martinsville
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Apr 1, 2017, 6:34 PM

Clint Bowyer set the quick pace early in Happy Hour with a lap of 93.863mph — and held onto the top spot until the finish.

Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

After the first 10 minutes of the 50-minute practice session, Bowyer had posted the fastest single-lap speed followed by Kyle Busch (93.567mph), Jamie McMurray (93.530mph), Brad Keselowski (93.525mph), Ryan Newman (93.511mph), Joey Logano (93.442mph), Erik Jones (93.442mph), Ryan Blaney (93.327mph), Austin Dillon (93.313mph) and Aric Almirola (93.157mph). The line-up didn’t change throughout final practice.

Bowyer, who posted his first top-five finish of the season last weekend at Fontana — and his best result in 61 races, is still looking for his first win at the half-mile paper clip-shaped track.

“It’s just a fun, fun weekend,” Bowyer said. “Fun racetrack. It’s old-school racing at its finest. I’ve been close so many times there. It’s one that I want to win more than anything.

“With this momentum and the confidence we take from here, maybe we can.”

Logano’s 83 laps were the most completed during final practice.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford   20.174     93.863
2 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota   20.238 0.064 0.064 93.567
3 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet   20.246 0.072 0.008 93.530
4 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford   20.247 0.073 0.001 93.525
5 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet   20.250 0.076 0.003 93.511
6 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford   20.265 0.091 0.015 93.442
7 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota   20.265 0.091 0.000 93.442
8 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford   20.290 0.116 0.025 93.327
9 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet   20.293 0.119 0.003 93.313
10 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford   20.327 0.153 0.034 93.157

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Martinsville
Location Martinsville Speedway
Drivers Clint Bowyer
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report