Kyle Busch leads action-packed first practice at Watkins Glen
Fresh off of his win at Pocono Raceway, Kyle Busch continued his fast pace at Watkins Glen.
Busch posted the fastest single-lap speed on the 2.45-mile road course in first practice on Saturday with a lap of 125.516mph.
Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Michael McDowell rounded out the top 10 speeds.
Logano set the early pace on his first four-lap run but six minutes into the session, Dale Earnhardt Jr., spun followed by Corey LaJoie, who went off the track coming into the carousel (Turn 5). LaJoie hit the guard rail with a flat left rear tire. He had completed two laps.
Logano continued to lead the session followed by McMurray, Harvick, Allmendinger, Menard, Keselowski, Stenhouse, Elliott, Buescher and Kahne.
The track returned to green with 36 minutes remaining when Jimmie Johnson spun out and the right front went into rail entering Turn 1. Johnson had completed his first lap and was 32nd on the board.
Before the field could get rolling, Gary Klutt spun to trigger the red flag. The No. 15 had to be pushed off the 2.45-second circuit.
Practice resumed with 32-minutes remaining. Keselowski went to the top of the board with a lap of 123.736mph on his sixth lap. Michael McDowell (123.736mph) vaulted over the No. 2 Ford, then Logano regained the top spot with a lap of 123.920mph. Keselowski (124.103mph) leap-frogged over his teammate and was coming around Turn 5 when Danica Patrick spun sideways in front of him with 29 minutes on the clock.
Chase Elliott (123.897mph) was third followed by McDowell, McMurray, Bowyer, Truex, Kahne, Kurt Busch and Harvick rounded out the top-10 single-lap speeds 30-minutes in.
Johnson returned to the track with 25 minutes to go. He ran three laps and moved up to 17th with a top lap of 123.214mph.
“There is no grip in the car,” said 2014 Watkins Glen winner AJ Allmendinger. “I can’t touch the brakes without wheel hopping.” He was 22nd on the board with a lap of 122.946mph.
Kyle Busch took over the top spot with a lap of 124.866mph. Logano, Keselowski, Elliott, McMurray, McDowell, Harvick, Jones, Bowyer and Kenseth held onto the top 10 speeds with 15 minutes left in the session.
Hamlin moved up to second after his 10th lap with a speed of 124.546mph. Martin Truex Jr. (124.508mph) bumped Logano for third with 10-minutes remaining in first practice. On his next (ninth) lap, Truex advanced to P2 with a lap of 124.797mph. Busch’s ninth lap produced a single-lap speed of 125.516mph.
Kurt Busch spun coming into 1 and grazed the wall on his 12th lap. He was 14th-quick with a lap of 123.329mph.
Rookies Jones and Ty Dillon’s 17 laps were the most led during the 55-minute session.
|2||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||12||70.675||0.405||0.405||124.797|
|19||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||13||71.587||1.317||0.016||123.207|
|26||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||12||71.935||1.665||0.157||122.611|
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|Location||Watkins Glen International|
|Teams||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Article type||Practice report|