Ryan Blaney tops final NASCAR Cup practice at Bristol

Ryan Blaney was fastest in Happy Hour at Bristol Motor Speedway with a lap of 128.544mph.

The driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford shot to the top of the speed chart in the closing minutes of final practice after completing 46 laps.

Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher, Trevor Bayne, Erik Jones, AJ Allmendinger and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10 single-lap speeds. Aric Almirola’s 87 laps were the most completed during the 85-minute session on Friday.

Blaney jumped to the top of the speed chart in the opening minutes of second practice with a lap of 125.782mph. Kyle Busch bumped Blaney three minutes in with a lap of 126.104mph on his 10th laps. Kenseth ran third followed by Harvick, Stenhouse, Hamlin, Larson, Newman and Bayne.

Kenseth moved up to the top spot 10 laps in despite being uncomfortable with the surface.

“I almost crashed right there,” Kenseth said after the first three laps. “I don’t know if it’s my car or the track.”

Timmy Hill lost control of his car coming out of Turn 4 and slid sideway down the front stretch — just before NASCAR called a caution for rain. Kenseth remained atop the leader board followed by Kyle Busch, Blaney, Harvick Stenhouse, Hamlin, Larson, Keselowski, Suarez and Newman rounded out the top 10.

After 15 minutes, Chase Elliott jumped to third on his seventh lap (125..823mph). Jamie McMurray followed in fourth. Blaney, Harvick, Stenhouse. Hamlin, Larson and Keselowski rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR released the following drivers serving 15-minute practice holds for multiple pre-race inspection failures at Michigan: Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch regained the top speed with a lap of 126.353mph. Thirty minutes in, Busch was P1 followed by Kesneth, Johnson (125.831mph), Elliott, McMurray, Blaney, Harvick, Stenhouse, Hamlin and Larson.

Three minutes later, Hamlin advanced to third on his 55th lap. Blaney (127.963mph) took the top spot with 45 minutes remaining on the clock. Truex climbed to second-quick (126.537mph). Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Hamlin, Johnson, Elliott, McMurray, Harvick and Stenhouse rounded out the top 10.

Reports of mist on the track came with 40 minutes to go. Austin Dillon entered the fifth-fastest speed — 125.963mph. His Richard Childress Racing teammate Ryan Newman (126.378mph) was fourth on his flyer run. McMurray moved to second (127.963mph) followed by Larson (127.182mph). Bowyer and Truex rounded out the top five with 35 minutes to go.

Just before the 50-minute mark, Newman rose to second (127.784mph). Jones was 11th followed by Johnson, Elliott, Chris Buescher, Stenhouse, Harvick, Keselowski, Daniel Suarez and Trevor Bayne.

Larson (128.065mph) vaulted to P1 just before the one-hour mark. Blaney dropped to second followed by Newman, McMurray, Bowyer, Truex, Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kenseth and Austin Dillon.

After a brief weather delay, practice resumed with Larson still on top of the speed chart. In the final 10 minutes, Blaney bounced up to second — then posted the fastest lap on his final run.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 46 14.926     128.554
2 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 67 14.983 0.057 0.057 128.065
3 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 43 15.016 0.090 0.033 127.784
4 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 47 15.051 0.125 0.035 127.487
5 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 59 15.078 0.152 0.027 127.258
6 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 58 15.097 0.171 0.019 127.098
7 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 53 15.144 0.218 0.047 126.704
8 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 32 15.153 0.227 0.009 126.628
9 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 42 15.161 0.235 0.008 126.562
10 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 44 15.162 0.236 0.001 126.553
11 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 23 15.164 0.238 0.002 126.537
12 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 63 15.179 0.253 0.015 126.411
13 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 72 15.192 0.266 0.013 126.303
14 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 63 15.193 0.267 0.001 126.295
15 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 66 15.199 0.273 0.006 126.245
16 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 47 15.200 0.274 0.001 126.237
17 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 73 15.219 0.293 0.019 126.079
18 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 64 15.239 0.313 0.020 125.914
19 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 60 15.242 0.316 0.003 125.889
20 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 75 15.243 0.317 0.001 125.881
21 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 69 15.246 0.320 0.003 125.856
22 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 65 15.249 0.323 0.003 125.831
23 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 60 15.268 0.342 0.019 125.675
24 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 80 15.268 0.342 0.000 125.675
25 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 59 15.329 0.403 0.061 125.175
26 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 58 15.335 0.409 0.006 125.126
27 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 32 15.349 0.423 0.014 125.011
28 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 56 15.367 0.441 0.018 124.865
29 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 42 15.399 0.473 0.032 124.605
30 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 87 15.411 0.485 0.012 124.508
31 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 55 15.417 0.491 0.006 124.460
32 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 60 15.456 0.530 0.039 124.146
33 7 united_states J.J. Yeley  Chevrolet 11 15.498 0.572 0.042 123.810
34 55 united_states Gray Gaulding  Chevrolet 15 15.510 0.584 0.012 123.714
35 51 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 8 15.577 0.651 0.067 123.182
36 83 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 29 15.596 0.670 0.019 123.032
37 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 44 15.608 0.682 0.012 122.937
38 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 50 15.646 0.720 0.038 122.638
39 23 united_states Joey Gase  Toyota 65 15.831 0.905 0.185 121.205
40 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 14 15.852 0.926 0.021 121.045
41 66 united_states Timmy Hill  Chevrolet 16 16.021 1.095 0.169 119.768
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Bristol II
Track Bristol Motor Speedway
Drivers Ryan Blaney
Teams Wood Brothers Racing
Article type Practice report