Kyle Busch and Toyotas dominate Michigan Cup practice

Kyle Busch led a Toyota sweep of the top-five positions in Saturday’s lone NASCAR Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Busch and Toyotas dominate Michigan Cup practice
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Busch set his top average lap speed of 188.788 mph in the first 20-minute session but Bubba Wallace came close in the second session with a lap at 188.432 mph.

Denny Hamlin ended up third-fastest, Ty Gibbs was fourth and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-five.

Tyler Reddick was the top non-Toyota driver in practice, coming in sixth overall in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Among those drivers who ran at last 10 consecutive laps, Hamlin had the fastest average speed (186.992 mph). Wallace and Gibbs were second and third, respectively, in that category.

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Group B

Wallace quickly set the pace early in the second 20-minute session then bested it going out late and ended up with the fastest average lap speed (188.432 mph).

Ty Gibbs, in his third consecutive race filling in for Kurt Busch, ended up second-fastest (187.719 mph) and Truex was third (187.436 mph) as Toyota swept the top three positions.

Tyler Reddick was fourth and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five.

There were no on-track incidents during the session.

Group A

Kyle Busch was one of the first on track and set a blistering pace with an average lap speed of 188.788 mph to lead the first 20-minute session.

Busch’s JGR teammate, Hamlin, ended up second-fastest (187.999 mph) and Harvick was third (187.095 mph).

“You have to be productive in how you look at your laps because of the draft. The car drives good and we’ll see how it plays out,” Harvick said.

Christopher Bell was fourth and Austin Cindric rounded out the top-five.

There were no on-track incidents in the first session.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 18 United States Kyle Busch Toyota 17 38.138     188.788
2 23 United States Bubba Wallace Toyota 22 38.210 0.072 0.072 188.432
3 11 United States Denny Hamlin Toyota 21 38.298 0.160 0.088 187.999
4 45 Ty Gibbs Toyota 24 38.355 0.217 0.057 187.720
5 19 United States Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 15 38.413 0.275 0.058 187.437
6 8 United States Tyler Reddick Chevrolet 18 38.421 0.283 0.008 187.398
7 10 United States Aric Almirola Ford 19 38.435 0.297 0.014 187.329
8 12 United States Ryan Blaney Ford 15 38.436 0.298 0.001 187.324
9 48 United States Alex Bowman Chevrolet 18 38.479 0.341 0.043 187.115
10 9 United States Chase Elliott Chevrolet 19 38.479 0.341 0.000 187.115
11 4 United States Kevin Harvick Ford 20 38.483 0.345 0.004 187.096
12 99 Mexico Daniel Suarez Chevrolet 22 38.493 0.355 0.010 187.047
13 22 United States Joey Logano Ford 16 38.498 0.360 0.005 187.023
14 5 United States Kyle Larson Chevrolet 20 38.524 0.386 0.026 186.896
15 20 United States Christopher Bell Toyota 15 38.528 0.390 0.004 186.877
16 2 United States Austin Cindric Ford 14 38.541 0.403 0.013 186.814
17 43 United States Erik Jones Chevrolet 13 38.557 0.419 0.016 186.737
18 17 United States Chris Buescher Ford 17 38.577 0.439 0.020 186.640
19 3 United States Austin Dillon Chevrolet 16 38.578 0.440 0.001 186.635
20 14 United States Chase Briscoe Ford 14 38.638 0.500 0.060 186.345
21 1 United States Ross Chastain Chevrolet 16 38.651 0.513 0.013 186.282
22 16 United States Noah Gragson Chevrolet 15 38.671 0.533 0.020 186.186
23 41 United States Cole Custer Ford 15 38.672 0.534 0.001 186.181
24 34 United States Michael McDowell Ford 17 38.732 0.594 0.060 185.893
25 31 United States Justin Haley Chevrolet 15 38.810 0.672 0.078 185.519
26 6 United States Brad Keselowski Ford 18 38.851 0.713 0.041 185.323
27 24 United States William Byron Chevrolet 14 38.855 0.717 0.004 185.304
28 42 United States Ty Dillon Chevrolet 17 38.919 0.781 0.064 185.000
29 21 United States Harrison Burton Ford 18 38.937 0.799 0.018 184.914
30 15 United States J.J. Yeley Ford 14 38.941 0.803 0.004 184.895
31 47 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet 15 38.999 0.861 0.058 184.620
32 7 United States Corey Lajoie Chevrolet 13 39.119 0.981 0.120 184.054
33 33 United States Austin Hill Chevrolet 21 39.180 1.042 0.061 183.767
34 77 United States Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 17 39.240 1.102 0.060 183.486
35 38 United States Todd Gilliland Ford 13 39.431 1.293 0.191 182.597
36 78 United States B.J. McLeod Ford 3 39.439 1.301 0.008 182.560
37 51 United States Cody Ware Ford 13 39.515 1.377 0.076 182.209
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