Chase Elliott tops final NASCAR Cup practice at Atlanta

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Chase Elliott tops final NASCAR Cup practice at Atlanta
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Mar 4, 2017, 6:42 PM

Georgia native Chase Elliott set the pace in Happy Hour at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday with a lap of 188.015mph.

Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Elliott, who won the pole for the Daytona 500 and led 39 laps before running out of gas last Sunday, will be looking for redemption this weekend at his home track.

“The surface is great, there’s a variety of places where you can run with various techniques,” Elliott said.

Brad Keselowski posted the second-fastest lap (187.602mph) with Daytona 500 race winner Kurt Busch running third (187.576mph) followed by AJ Allmendinger (187.519mph) and Denny Hamlin (187.506mph).

At the 15-minute mark, NASCAR red-flagged the track when the No. 51 car of Cody Ware started smoking. Elliott was atop the leader board with a time of 29.488-seconds following a 22-lap run. Practice resumed five minutes later.

Forty-three minutes into the session, NASCAR red-flagged the track after Kyle Busch skidded onto pit road. Three minutes later, action resumed.

Ryan Newman was sixth-quick with a lap of 186.843mph. Kasey Kahne (186.736mph), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (186.472mph), Trevor Bayne (186.294mph) and Kyle Larson (186.065mph) rounded out the top-10 speeds in final practice.

Ty Dillon’s 75 laps were the most completed in the 79-minute session.

Newman posted the Best 10 Consecutive Average of 181.429mph followed by Earnhardt Jr. (181.398mph), Jamie McMurray (181.360mph), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (180.661mph) and Hamlin (180.623mph). Ryan Blaney, Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Elliott and Ty Dillon rounded the top 10 speeds.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet   29.487     188.015
2 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford   29.552 0.065 0.065 187.602
3 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford   29.556 0.069 0.004 187.576
4 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet   29.565 0.078 0.009 187.519
5 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota   29.567 0.080 0.002 187.506
6 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet   29.672 0.185 0.105 186.843
7 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet   29.689 0.202 0.017 186.736
8 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet   29.731 0.244 0.042 186.472
9 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford   29.761 0.274 0.030 186.284
10 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet   29.796 0.309 0.035 186.065

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Atlanta
Location Atlanta Motor Speedway
Drivers Chase Elliott
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Practice report