Daniel Suarez tops Friday's first Cup practice at Michigan

Daniel Suarez continued his streak of strong Friday runs by leading the way in the first practice session at Michigan International Speedway.

Daniel Suarez tops Friday's first Cup practice at Michigan

Suarez, who has been fast in practices at both Charlotte and Pocono in recent weeks, topped Friday’s first session at Michigan with an average lap speed of 188.882 mph.

His Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Clint Bowyer, was second (188.659 mph) and Austin Dillon was third (188.501 mph). Joey Logano and Kyle Larson completed the top-five.

Michigan was the site of Suarez’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series win June 2016, when he became the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race.

SHR swept both Michigan races last season with Clint Bowyer capturing the June victory and Kevin Harvick earning the win in August.

“For the last couple of years, I have been very jealous of the Ford power at Michigan. Now, I’m very excited because I’m with Ford Performance and Stewart-Haas Racing,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to closing the middle of the season, and who knows, we might even put the No. 41 Mustang in Victory Lane.”

Rounding out the top-10 in practice were Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ryan Blaney got loose while drafting near Bowyer midway through the session but was able to save his No. 12 Ford from hitting the wall.

Both Jones and Chris Buescher had to sit out the final 15 minutes of practice for failing pre-race inspection twice each last weekend at Pocono.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 26 38.119     188.882
2 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 28 38.164 0.045 0.045 188.659
3 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 29 38.196 0.077 0.032 188.501
4 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 30 38.291 0.172 0.095 188.034
5 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 31 38.318 0.199 0.027 187.901
6 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 36 38.323 0.204 0.005 187.877
7 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 27 38.337 0.218 0.014 187.808
8 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 40 38.402 0.283 0.065 187.490
9 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 27 38.451 0.332 0.049 187.251
10 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 24 38.452 0.333 0.001 187.246
11 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 26 38.460 0.341 0.008 187.207
12 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 28 38.463 0.344 0.003 187.193
13 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 25 38.465 0.346 0.002 187.183
14 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 22 38.470 0.351 0.005 187.159
15 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 29 38.481 0.362 0.011 187.105
16 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 44 38.486 0.367 0.005 187.081
17 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 31 38.509 0.390 0.023 186.969
18 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 30 38.533 0.414 0.024 186.853
19 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 36 38.536 0.417 0.003 186.838
20 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 27 38.540 0.421 0.004 186.819
21 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 39 38.547 0.428 0.007 186.785
22 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 25 38.584 0.465 0.037 186.606
23 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 31 38.606 0.487 0.022 186.500
24 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 31 38.610 0.491 0.004 186.480
25 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 25 38.625 0.506 0.015 186.408
26 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 31 38.668 0.549 0.043 186.200
27 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 28 38.700 0.581 0.032 186.047
28 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 24 38.783 0.664 0.083 185.648
29 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 24 38.788 0.669 0.005 185.624
30 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 18 38.863 0.744 0.075 185.266
31 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 13 38.880 0.761 0.017 185.185
32 51 United States Kyle Weatherman  Chevrolet 18 39.573 1.454 0.693 181.942
33 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 21 39.576 1.457 0.003 181.928
34 15 United States Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 20 39.924 1.805 0.348 180.343
35 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 7 39.935 1.816 0.011 180.293
36 52 United States Josh Bilicki  Ford 8 40.118 1.999 0.183 179.471
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