Bowyer quickest in Talladega practice cut short by rain
The Monster Energy Cup Series battled sprinkles but eventually took to the track for first practice around 1:30 CST on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Unfortunately, the first pack completed just a dozen laps before skies opened again on the 2.66-mile track.
Clint Bowyer posted the top speed (196.822 mph) in the first 10-minutes with a lap time of 48.653-seconds followed by Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano. Trevor Bayne, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola and Daniel Suarez rounded out the top 10.
“I have a good bit of confidence from the whole group — from Tony Gibson all the way down,” says Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch. “Stewart-Haas builds great restrictor-plate cars.”
NASCAR red-flagged the track 13 minutes in for rain, ending the session prematurely. NASCAR also announced that the No. 13 (Ty Dillon), No. 42 (Kyle Larson) and No. 83 (Corey LaJoie) had served their practice holds for being late to pre-race inspection at Richmond.
Danica Patrick, whose car failed pre-race inspection on the LIS at Richmond, was also released for practice. The No. 18 team, which also failed pre-race inspection at RIR, elected to defer its penalty so Kyle Busch could shake down his car before the rain returned.
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