Chase Elliott leads opening Cup practice from Bristol

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Chase Elliott leads opening Cup practice from Bristol
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Aug 17, 2018, 4:06 PM

Chase Elliott, who struggled in this season’s first race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, ended up fastest in Friday’s first practice session.

Elliott’s fastest average lap speed of 126.645 mph just edged Kyle Larson (126.312 mph). Alex Bowman ended up third (126.295 mph). Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney completed the top-five.

In five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol, Elliott’s best finish of fourth came in his first series race in 2016. This spring, he started 16th and finished 29th.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Joey Logano, spring race winner Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Denny Hamlin.

Martin Truex Jr. was fastest among the drivers who completed at least 10 consecutive laps (123.290 mph). Rounding out the top five in that category were Kyle Busch, Stenhouse, Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.

The teams of Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman, Michael McDowell and Darrell Wallace Jr. sat out the final 15 minutes of the first practice session for failing pre-race inspection two times last weekend at Michigan.

Cla # Driver 4506 Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 55 15.151     126.645
2 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 37 15.191 0.040 0.040 126.312
3 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 62 15.193 0.042 0.002 126.295
4 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 55 15.206 0.055 0.013 126.187
5 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 30 15.211 0.060 0.005 126.146
6 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 53 15.215 0.064 0.004 126.112
7 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 52 15.236 0.085 0.021 125.939
8 41 United States Kurt Busch  Ford 49 15.239 0.088 0.003 125.914
9 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 53 15.243 0.092 0.004 125.881
10 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 45 15.246 0.095 0.003 125.856
11 31 United States Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 33 15.259 0.108 0.013 125.749
12 19 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 35 15.282 0.131 0.023 125.559
13 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 23 15.302 0.151 0.020 125.395
14 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 50 15.306 0.155 0.004 125.363
15 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 36 15.314 0.163 0.008 125.297
16 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 42 15.322 0.171 0.008 125.232
17 78 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 46 15.322 0.171 0.000 125.232
18 1 United States Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 59 15.332 0.181 0.010 125.150
19 6 United States Trevor Bayne  Ford 41 15.338 0.187 0.006 125.101
20 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 38 15.342 0.191 0.004 125.068
21 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 59 15.349 0.198 0.007 125.011
22 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 18 15.360 0.209 0.011 124.922
23 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 54 15.373 0.222 0.013 124.816
24 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 35 15.379 0.228 0.006 124.768
25 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 61 15.391 0.240 0.012 124.670
26 95 United States Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 58 15.395 0.244 0.004 124.638
27 47 United States A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 52 15.401 0.250 0.006 124.589
28 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 26 15.455 0.304 0.054 124.154
29 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 51 15.469 0.318 0.014 124.042
30 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 21 15.500 0.349 0.031 123.794
31 52 United States B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 3 15.522 0.371 0.022 123.618
32 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 55 15.581 0.430 0.059 123.150
33 23 Jones Blake  Toyota 48 15.590 0.439 0.009 123.079
34 32 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 27 15.656 0.505 0.066 122.560
35 72 United States Corey Lajoie  Chevrolet 32 15.676 0.525 0.020 122.404
36 96 Jesse Little  Toyota 72 15.697 0.546 0.021 122.240
37 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 36 15.729 0.578 0.032 121.991
38 99 United States Gray Gaulding  Chevrolet 21 15.848 0.697 0.119 121.075
39 7 United States J.J. Yeley  Chevrolet 30 15.925 0.774 0.077 120.490
40 66 United States Timmy Hill  Toyota 11 15.985 0.834 0.060 120.038
41 51 United States Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 21 16.011 0.860 0.026 119.843
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Bristol II
Drivers Chase Elliott
Author Jim Utter
Article type Practice report