Denny Hamlin leads first NASCAR Cup practice at Bristol

Denny Hamlin’s girlfriend delivered the couple’s second child — Molly Gold — on Tuesday, while the driver delivered the top single-lap speed of 129.230mph in first practice at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday.

“I was loose in then banging the splitter pretty bad,” Hamlin said after completing 43 laps “It’s loose in at the two-thirds mark by a mile.” Hamlin posted 56 circuits during the 85-minute session

Kyle Busch was second-quick followed by Kasey Kahne, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s 82 laps were the most posted during first practice.

Jamie McMurray led the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average category with a speed of 126.604mph, followed by Hamlin (126.469mph), Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, Johnson, Jones,  Kyle Busch, Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt Jr., rounded out the top 10 on 10-lap runs.

After the first 10 minutes, Hamlin shot to the top of the speed chart followed by Logano, Blaney, Ty Dillon, Landon Cassill, Corey LaJoie, Kenseth, Matt DiBenedetto and Chris Buescher.

“Slow,” Hamlin said after completing eight laps.

Jones moved up to the top of the board with a lap of 128.142mph after six laps. Johnson was third (127.997mph) after four laps. Stenhouse, Elliott, Kahne Blaney, Chris Buescher, Suarez and Ty Dillon rounded out the top 10 at the 15-minute mark.

Kyle Busch laid down the fastest lap (128.485mph), 17 minutes in the session. His Toyota teammates Jones and Hamlin remained second and third, respectively.

“Overall grip is pretty good, a little loose in, a little tight middle,” said McMurray after breaking into the top 10 with a lap of 127.792mph after 12 laps. “We need to work on the entry to start with. I’m a little bit guarded which hurts the middle.

Twenty-minutes in, Blaney bumped Kyle Busch to second with a lap of 128.917mph. Hamlin, Jones and Stenhouse rounded out the top-five single lap speeds. Matt Kenseth vaulted up to third with a top speed of 128.356mph after his 11-lap run — just before the 25-minute mark.

Kahne climbed to the top spot with a lap of 128.943mph, twenty-five minutes in. He was passed by Kyle Busch (129.221mph). Two minutes later, Larson triggered the red flag after spinning off of Turn 4. He had just completed 11 laps and was 21st on the speed chart.

The track returned to green just before the 30-minute mark. Busch remained atop the speed chart followed by Kahne, Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kenseth, Jones, Stenhouse, Johnson and Elliott.

A couple minutes later, Hamlin jumped to P1 with a speed of 129.230mph. He held the top spot until caution came out for rain just before 50-minutes in. Kyle Busch was second followed by Kahne, Blaney, Bowyer, Kenseth, Truex, Jones, Stenhouse and Johnson.

NASCAR resumed practice 55-minutes in. Forty-one cars posted speeds. After the first hour, Johnson’s 45 laps were the most completed. His top speed was 127.997mph.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 11 united_states Denny Hamlin  Toyota 56 14.848     129.230
2 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 44 14.849 0.001 0.001 129.221
3 5 united_states Kasey Kahne  Chevrolet 29 14.881 0.033 0.032 128.943
4 21 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 68 14.884 0.036 0.003 128.917
5 14 united_states Clint Bowyer  Ford 46 14.946 0.098 0.062 128.382
6 20 united_states Matt Kenseth  Toyota 44 14.949 0.101 0.003 128.356
7 78 united_states Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 46 14.954 0.106 0.005 128.313
8 77 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 55 14.970 0.122 0.016 128.176
9 17 united_states Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 71 14.990 0.142 0.020 128.005
10 48 united_states Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 82 14.991 0.143 0.001 127.997
11 24 united_states Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 55 14.995 0.147 0.004 127.963
12 19 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 47 14.996 0.148 0.001 127.954
13 1 united_states Jamie McMurray  Chevrolet 78 15.002 0.154 0.006 127.903
14 41 united_states Kurt Busch  Ford 65 15.010 0.162 0.008 127.835
15 31 united_states Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 46 15.026 0.178 0.016 127.699
16 42 united_states Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 61 15.034 0.186 0.008 127.631
17 2 united_states Brad Keselowski  Ford 46 15.050 0.202 0.016 127.495
18 4 united_states Kevin Harvick  Ford 42 15.050 0.202 0.000 127.495
19 37 united_states Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 36 15.055 0.207 0.005 127.453
20 3 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 57 15.060 0.212 0.005 127.410
21 13 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 78 15.066 0.218 0.006 127.360
22 43 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 33 15.075 0.227 0.009 127.284
23 27 united_states Paul Menard  Chevrolet 48 15.084 0.236 0.009 127.208
24 6 united_states Trevor Bayne  Ford 31 15.102 0.254 0.018 127.056
25 95 united_states Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 43 15.124 0.276 0.022 126.871
26 47 united_states A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 51 15.126 0.278 0.002 126.854
27 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 65 15.145 0.297 0.019 126.695
28 34 united_states Landon Cassill  Ford 56 15.165 0.317 0.020 126.528
29 38 united_states David Ragan  Ford 64 15.170 0.322 0.005 126.486
30 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 54 15.181 0.333 0.011 126.395
31 10 united_states Danica Patrick  Ford 47 15.220 0.372 0.039 126.071
32 32 united_states Matt DiBenedetto  Ford 52 15.344 0.496 0.124 125.052
33 51 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 3 15.353 0.505 0.009 124.979
34 83 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 30 15.386 0.538 0.033 124.711
35 55 united_states Gray Gaulding  Chevrolet 17 15.429 0.581 0.043 124.363
36 72 united_states Cole Whitt  Chevrolet 33 15.435 0.587 0.006 124.315
37 23 united_states Joey Gase  Toyota 56 15.458 0.610 0.023 124.130
38 7 united_states J.J. Yeley  Chevrolet 38 15.475 0.627 0.017 123.994
39 66 united_states Timmy Hill  Chevrolet 32 15.500 0.652 0.025 123.794
40 33 united_states Jeffrey Earnhardt  Chevrolet 35 15.545 0.697 0.045 123.435
41 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 14 16.172 1.324 0.627 118.650
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Bristol II
Track Bristol Motor Speedway
Drivers Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Practice report