Kurt Busch tops first Cup practice at Talladega at over 202 mph

Kurt Busch made it clear there was plenty of speed in the new aero package during Friday’s first NASCAR Cup practice at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Kurt Busch tops first Cup practice at Talladega at over 202 mph

Within the first 10 minutes of the 50-minute session, Busch went to the top of the leaderboard with an average lap speed of 202.671 mph – a mark would not be eclipsed.

David Ragan ended up second (202.654 mph) and Erik Jones third (202.654 mph). Michael McDowell was fourth and Chase Elliott completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top 10 were William Byron, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon and Jimmie Johnson.

In all, the top eight drivers posted average lap speeds over 202 mph and 21 of the 37 drivers posted an average lap speed of more than 200 mph.

This weekend is the debut of NASCAR’s new aero package at superspeedways, which includes the replacement of a restrictor-plate with a tapered spacer.

There were no incidents in the session although several drivers appeared to get loose when another car attempted to run behind them while trying to bump draft.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 30 47.249     202.671
2 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 23 47.253 0.004 0.004 202.654
3 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 18 47.253 0.004 0.000 202.654
4 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 31 47.256 0.007 0.003 202.641
5 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 37 47.260 0.011 0.004 202.624
6 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 30 47.262 0.013 0.002 202.615
7 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 24 47.290 0.041 0.028 202.495
8 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 12 47.390 0.141 0.100 202.068
9 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 23 47.528 0.279 0.138 201.481
10 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 23 47.590 0.341 0.062 201.219
11 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 40 47.606 0.357 0.016 201.151
12 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 20 47.719 0.470 0.113 200.675
13 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 18 47.730 0.481 0.011 200.629
14 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 27 47.767 0.518 0.037 200.473
15 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 23 47.769 0.520 0.002 200.465
16 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 23 47.794 0.545 0.025 200.360
17 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 24 47.797 0.548 0.003 200.347
18 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 35 47.799 0.550 0.002 200.339
19 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 25 47.818 0.569 0.019 200.259
20 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 28 47.823 0.574 0.005 200.238
21 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 28 47.823 0.574 0.000 200.238
22 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 29 47.900 0.651 0.077 199.916
23 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 14 48.100 0.851 0.200 199.085
24 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 13 48.112 0.863 0.012 199.036
25 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 28 48.195 0.946 0.083 198.693
26 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 18 48.524 1.275 0.329 197.346
27 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 16 48.552 1.303 0.028 197.232
28 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 10 48.891 1.642 0.339 195.864
29 77 United States Justin Haley  Chevrolet 6 49.379 2.130 0.488 193.929
30 52 Stanton Barrett  Chevrolet 6 49.745 2.496 0.366 192.502
31 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 17 50.196 2.947 0.451 190.772
32 81 United States Jeffrey Earnhardt  Toyota 3 50.595 3.346 0.399 189.268
33 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 5 50.985 3.736 0.390 187.820
34 62 United States Brendan Gaughan  Chevrolet 5 51.053 3.804 0.068 187.570
35 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 5 51.129 3.880 0.076 187.291
36 96 United States Parker Kligerman  Toyota 7 51.471 4.222 0.342 186.047
37 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 7 52.055 4.806 0.584 183.959
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