Vickers fastest in Happy Hour at Bristol

Raybestos rookie of the year candidate, Brian Vickers posted the hottest lap during Nextel Cup final practice. Vickers lap of 122.968 mph bested fellow rookie candidate Scott Wimmer by 0.003 seconds. Wimmer came out with the second fastest...

Raybestos rookie of the year candidate, Brian Vickers posted the hottest lap during Nextel Cup final practice. Vickers lap of 122.968 mph bested fellow rookie candidate Scott Wimmer by 0.003 seconds.

Wimmer came out with the second fastest time, posting a lap of 122.945 mph.

Defending race winner, Kurt Busch was third with a lap time of 122.937 mph. Busch is clearly the favorite for Sunday's event. Three of his eight career victories have come at Bristol.

"I think the way you have to approach Bristol every time you show up is with the frame of mind just to survive," said Busch. "That's the key point to Bristol."

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne complete the top five.

Pole sitter Ryan Newman was way off his pole winning sub-15 lap, running 23rd quickest with a lap of only 121.883 mph,

There was only one incident during the last practice session for the Cup teams. Tony Stewart made contact with Scott Riggs during final practice, spinning the No. 10 of Riggs into the wall. There was heavy damage to the No. 10 Ford. Stewart was called to the NASCAR trailer to have a conversation regarding several incidents of rough driving that have occurred over the last three races.

Stewart was involved in two separate melees last weekend at Darlington. First turning Andy Hillenberg early in the event, Hillenberg slid down the track and collected Jeff Gordon. Later in the event, Stewart shoved Kasey Kahne out of his way, causing the No. 9 Dodge to spin.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Scott Riggs , Kasey Kahne , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers