Ryan Blaney fastest in Saturday morning Cup practice

Only one of the right remaining Chase drivers still in contention for the Sprint Cup Series championship finished Saturday morning’s practice at Texas in the top-10 on the speed chart.

Joey Logano was the top performing Chase driver in the session, posting the ninth-fastest speed. Rookie Ryan Blaney posted the fastest average lap speed, with a lap at 188.515 mph.

A.J. Allmendinger was second-fastest, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third, Casey Mears was fourth and Paul Menard completed the top-five.

Michael McDowell was sixth-fastest, Chase Elliott was seventh, Trevor Bayne was eighth and Greg Biffle was 10th.

The remainder of the Chase field ended up 16th or worse.

Last week’s winner, Jimmie Johnson, was 16th-fastest, Carl Edwards was 22nd fastest, Kyle Busch was 23rd, Matt Kenseth 24th, Kurt Busch 29th, Kevin Harvick 30th and Denny Hamlin was 31st.

In contrast to Friday’s practice session where only two drivers ran at least 10 consecutive laps, 26 drivers did in Saturday morning’s practice.

Edwards led the way in that group with an average lap speed at 183.137 mph, followed by pole-winner Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer.

Kyle Busch’s team continued to work to fine-tune his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Busch only got four laps of practice in on Friday after wrecking his primary car on his first lap on the track.

Busch’s teammate, Hamlin, also picked up some unwanted news on Saturday: Because his team earned its fourth written warning this weekend for an inspection violation, Hamlin’s team lost pit stall selection for Sunday’s race.

Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne also picked up their fourth written warnings and lose pit stall selection for Sunday’s race.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 21  Ryan Blaney  Ford 31 28.645     188.515
2 47  A.J. Allmendinger  Chevrolet 33 28.646 0.001 0.001 188.508
3 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 44 28.747 0.102 0.101 187.846
4 13  Casey Mears  Chevrolet 22 28.750 0.105 0.003 187.826
5 27  Paul Menard  Chevrolet 34 28.789 0.144 0.039 187.572
6 95  Michael McDowell  Chevrolet 38 28.797 0.152 0.008 187.520
7 24  Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 41 28.828 0.183 0.031 187.318
8 6  Trevor Bayne  Ford 31 28.844 0.199 0.016 187.214
9 22  Joey Logano  Ford 28 28.873 0.228 0.029 187.026
10 16  Greg Biffle  Ford 27 28.890 0.245 0.017 186.916

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Texas II
Track Texas Motor Speedway
Drivers Ryan Blaney
Teams Wood Brothers Racing
Article type Practice report