Alex Bowman tops Kurt Busch in first Cup practice at Chicagoland

Alex Bowman topped the charts in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the first practice session of the weekend from Chicagoland Speedway.

Alex Bowman tops Kurt Busch in first Cup practice at Chicagoland

Ryan Blaney set the pace early in the session at 175.547mph in the Team Penske Ford Mustang. 

Some drivers opted to draft with one another with the 2019 aero package brining some unknowns to this year's race at Chicagoland Speedway. In the closing minutes, a large pack of up to nine cars took to the circuit to get a better feel for the package.

"We're trying to knock out all the little details now," Denny Hamlin explained to NBCSN. "That we we can spend Happy Hour focusing on just speed and race setup."

There was a close call between Ryan Newman and Paul Menard, but otherwise no incidents during the session.

Kevin Harvick ultimately usurped Blaney for quickest single lap before Kurt Busch did the same. The No. 88 of Bowman was forced to replace a driveshaft during the session, but in the final seconds shot to the top of the board himself with a 175.942mph lap.

Bowman also led the way in best ten-lap consecutive averages ahead of Harvick and Clint Bowyer.

2018 race winner Kyle Busch clocked in 16th on the speed charts.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 29 30.692     175.942
2 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 36 30.704 0.012 0.012 175.873
3 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 26 30.708 0.016 0.004 175.850
4 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 34 30.718 0.026 0.010 175.793
5 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 28 30.736 0.044 0.018 175.690
6 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 28 30.761 0.069 0.025 175.547
7 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 25 30.827 0.135 0.066 175.171
8 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 44 30.889 0.197 0.062 174.820
9 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 35 30.925 0.233 0.036 174.616
10 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 33 30.939 0.247 0.014 174.537
11 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 27 30.941 0.249 0.002 174.526
12 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 30 30.961 0.269 0.020 174.413
13 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 42 30.974 0.282 0.013 174.340
14 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 32 31.000 0.308 0.026 174.194
15 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 34 31.006 0.314 0.006 174.160
16 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 38 31.006 0.314 0.000 174.160
17 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 29 31.010 0.318 0.004 174.137
18 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 44 31.042 0.350 0.032 173.958
19 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 38 31.051 0.359 0.009 173.907
20 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 36 31.073 0.381 0.022 173.784
21 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 36 31.129 0.437 0.056 173.472
22 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 40 31.158 0.466 0.029 173.310
23 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 19 31.161 0.469 0.003 173.294
24 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 27 31.171 0.479 0.010 173.238
25 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 33 31.172 0.480 0.001 173.232
26 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 36 31.181 0.489 0.009 173.182
27 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 35 31.196 0.504 0.015 173.099
28 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 33 31.219 0.527 0.023 172.972
29 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 30 31.256 0.564 0.037 172.767
30 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 28 31.376 0.684 0.120 172.106
31 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 11 31.474 0.782 0.098 171.570
32 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 17 31.543 0.851 0.069 171.195
33 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 29 31.697 1.005 0.154 170.363
34 52 United States Bayley Currey  Chevrolet 7 31.898 1.206 0.201 169.290
35 51 United States B.J. McLeod  Ford 6 32.001 1.309 0.103 168.745
36 53 United States Josh Bilicki  Chevrolet 3 32.045 1.353 0.044 168.513
37 27 United States Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 17 32.321 1.629 0.276 167.074
38 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 21 32.346 1.654 0.025 166.945
shares
comments
Christopher Bell agrees to 1-year extension with JGR
Previous article

Christopher Bell agrees to 1-year extension with JGR

Next article

Joey Logano leads final Cup practice at Chicagoland

Joey Logano leads final Cup practice at Chicagoland
Load comments
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Prime

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

NASCAR Cup
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Prime

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR Cup
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Prime

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR Cup
Oct 5, 2021
Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI Prime

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI

In a career that has had many ups and downs, Kurt Busch has been written off many times before. But facing career uncertainty after the sale of Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, the 2004 Cup champion has found a new berth at Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan's 23XI organization - which underlines his enduring value

NASCAR Cup
Aug 31, 2021
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021