Kyle Busch fastest in Saturday's first Cup practice

Kyle Busch fastest in Saturday's first Cup practice
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Apr 22, 2017, 1:42 PM

Kyle Busch, whose most recent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway came in 2011, was fastest in Saturday’s practice session.

It was touch-and-go with the approaching rain, but Cup were able to complete the entire 55-minute first practice with Busch posting the fastest average single lap speed (128.865 mph).

Rookie Erik Jones spent much of the session atop the leaderboard and ended up with the second-fastest speed (128.649 mph). Denny Hamlin was third-fastest, Kevin Harvick fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fifth.

Rounding out the top-10: Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., A.J. Allmendinger, Ryan Blaney and Matt Kenseth.

There were two incidents on the track during the practice session.

About 20 minutes into the session, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun and hit the wall, suffering damage to the right-rear quarter-panel area of his No. 17 Ford.

After evaluating his car in the garage, his Roush Fenway Racing team firstdecided to pull out his backup car. However, when it appeared weather would prevent them from getting the car on the track in the second practice, the team elected to repair the damage.

With nine minutes left in the session, Kyle Larson – who will start Sunday’s race from the pole after qualifying was rained out Friday – spun while attempting to work in the top groove of the track.

Larson appeared to make only slight contact with the wall with the right-rear of his No. 42 Chevrolet and his Chip Ganassi Racing team will repair the damage.

He ended up with the 17th-fastest speed in the practice session.

Jones had the fastest average lap speed of those who ran at least 10 consecutive laps (127.128 mph). He was followed by Kahne, Chase Elliott, Paul Menard and Austin Dillon.

1 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 46 14.890     128.865
2 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 65 14.915 0.025 0.025 128.649
3 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 76 14.970 0.080 0.055 128.176
4 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 65 14.980 0.090 0.010 128.091
5 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 65 14.990 0.100 0.010 128.005
6 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 85 15.004 0.114 0.014 127.886
7 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 32 15.011 0.121 0.007 127.826
8 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 28 15.012 0.122 0.001 127.818
9 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 55 15.028 0.138 0.016 127.682
10 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 41 15.033 0.143 0.005 127.639

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Bristol
Location Bristol Motor Speedway
Drivers Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Author Jim Utter
Article type Practice report