Spring winner Kyle Busch fastest in final Cup practice at Bristol

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Spring winner Kyle Busch fastest in final Cup practice at Bristol
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Aug 17, 2018, 6:11 PM

Kyle Busch waited to the end of Friday’s second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session to show his speed.

As the clock ticked down on the one-hour, 10-minute session, Busch went on a mock qualifying run and posted an average lap speed of 126.729 mph.

“Obviously, we’re kind of on a hot streak with Bristol. We love going there,” Busch said. “We’ll see what we can do, hopefully having a fast race car and doing what we normally do there, just try to stay out of trouble.

“It’s a tough place to stay out of trouble (and) hoping we can win three Cup races in a row for the first time there.”

In addition to his seven career Bristol wins, which is tops among active drivers, Busch has 10 top-five and 15 top-10s in 26 career starts.

Martin Truex Jr., who completed his mock run just before the flags waved to end the session, ended up second (126.312 mph). Aric Almirola was third (126.287 mph), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fourth and Kevin Harvick completed the top-five.

“I thought our car was really good. To get a win here would be really cool,” Almirola said. “We have a lot of work to do but so far we’re off to a good start.”

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About 30 minutes into the session, Darrell Wallace Jr. scrubbed the outside wall with his No. 43 Chevrolet. He continued on and no caution was displayed for the incident. He ended up 12th.

With a little over 15 minutes in the session, Kyle Larson scraped the wall, doing some damage to the right side of his No. 42 Chevrolet. He ended up 16th-fastest.

Larson did finish the session with the fastest average lap speed of those drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps. Jones and Stenhouse were second and third, respectively, in that category.

Cla # Driver 4506 Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 47 15.141     126.729
2 78 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 54 15.191 0.050 0.050 126.312
3 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 65 15.194 0.053 0.003 126.287
4 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 57 15.210 0.069 0.016 126.154
5 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 46 15.239 0.098 0.029 125.914
6 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 42 15.256 0.115 0.017 125.773
7 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 61 15.294 0.153 0.038 125.461
8 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 61 15.306 0.165 0.012 125.363
9 41 United States Kurt Busch  Ford 44 15.343 0.202 0.037 125.060
10 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 38 15.348 0.207 0.005 125.020
11 19 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 53 15.352 0.211 0.004 124.987
12 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 57 15.376 0.235 0.024 124.792
13 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 63 15.378 0.237 0.002 124.776
14 1 United States Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 64 15.379 0.238 0.001 124.768
15 95 United States Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 47 15.400 0.259 0.021 124.597
16 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 92 15.426 0.285 0.026 124.387
17 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 97 15.433 0.292 0.007 124.331
18 31 United States Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 49 15.438 0.297 0.005 124.291
19 6 United States Trevor Bayne  Ford 50 15.439 0.298 0.001 124.283
20 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 88 15.449 0.308 0.010 124.202
21 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 38 15.464 0.323 0.015 124.082
22 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 95 15.475 0.334 0.011 123.994
23 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 62 15.483 0.342 0.008 123.929
24 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 93 15.485 0.344 0.002 123.913
25 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 63 15.501 0.360 0.016 123.786
26 47 United States A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 79 15.510 0.369 0.009 123.714
27 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 65 15.519 0.378 0.009 123.642
28 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 82 15.549 0.408 0.030 123.403
29 96 Jesse Little  Toyota 16 15.597 0.456 0.048 123.024
30 32 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 29 15.598 0.457 0.001 123.016
31 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 91 15.610 0.469 0.012 122.921
32 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 43 15.624 0.483 0.014 122.811
33 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 65 15.683 0.542 0.059 122.349
34 72 United States Corey Lajoie  Chevrolet 40 15.752 0.611 0.069 121.813
35 7 United States J.J. Yeley  Chevrolet 17 15.761 0.620 0.009 121.744
36 23 Jones Blake  Toyota 26 15.829 0.688 0.068 121.221
37 52 United States B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 8 15.843 0.702 0.014 121.113
38 66 United States Timmy Hill  Toyota 25 15.898 0.757 0.055 120.694
39 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 59 15.932 0.791 0.034 120.437
40 51 United States Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 9 15.954 0.813 0.022 120.271
41 99 United States Gray Gaulding  Chevrolet 22 15.964 0.823 0.010 120.195
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Bristol II
Drivers Kyle Busch
Author Jim Utter
Article type Practice report