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