Team Penske leads the way in Friday's Cup practice at Bristol

Ryan Blaney, who has led more than 100 laps in his last two starts at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, was fastest in Friday’s practice session.

Team Penske leads the way in Friday's Cup practice at Bristol

Blaney and Penske teammate, Joey Logano, topped the 50-minute Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series session as all three Penske drivers finished in the top-six.

Blaney’s average lap speed of 129.614 mph topped Logano (128.882 mph) with Erik Jones in third (128.865 mph). Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top 10 are Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez and Clint Bowyer.

Blaney has yet to earn a win at Bristol, but led 100 laps in last spring’s race before crashing out and led 121 laps last August before finishing a career-best seventh at the track.

Nearly 17 minutes into the session a caution was displayed for fluid, which was apparently dropped on the track by Quin Hoff in the No. 77 Chevrolet.

Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch, who won last season’s spring and fall Bristol races, respectively, ended up 14th and 12th fastest.

Team Penske (three) and Joe Gibbs Racing (four) have won all of the Cup series races so far this season.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 13 14.804     129.614
2 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 17 14.888 0.084 0.084 128.882
3 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 20 14.890 0.086 0.002 128.865
4 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 16 14.905 0.101 0.015 128.735
5 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 15 14.908 0.104 0.003 128.709
6 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 13 14.926 0.122 0.018 128.554
7 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 18 14.929 0.125 0.003 128.528
8 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 26 14.929 0.125 0.000 128.528
9 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 15 14.969 0.165 0.040 128.185
10 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 13 14.974 0.170 0.005 128.142
11 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 11 14.978 0.174 0.004 128.108
12 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 14 14.980 0.176 0.002 128.091
13 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 18 14.989 0.185 0.009 128.014
14 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 17 15.005 0.201 0.016 127.877
15 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 33 15.016 0.212 0.011 127.784
16 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 13 15.021 0.217 0.005 127.741
17 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 22 15.039 0.235 0.018 127.588
18 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 22 15.044 0.240 0.005 127.546
19 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 20 15.047 0.243 0.003 127.520
20 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 16 15.070 0.266 0.023 127.326
21 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 24 15.073 0.269 0.003 127.300
22 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 21 15.106 0.302 0.033 127.022
23 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 24 15.122 0.318 0.016 126.888
24 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 24 15.125 0.321 0.003 126.863
25 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 39 15.159 0.355 0.034 126.578
26 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 20 15.169 0.365 0.010 126.495
27 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 18 15.189 0.385 0.020 126.328
28 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 22 15.257 0.453 0.068 125.765
29 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 24 15.317 0.513 0.060 125.273
30 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 14 15.371 0.567 0.054 124.832
31 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 26 15.413 0.609 0.042 124.492
32 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 25 15.432 0.628 0.019 124.339
33 51 United States Gray Gaulding  Chevrolet 14 15.697 0.893 0.265 122.240
34 52 Bayley Currey  Ford 12 15.726 0.922 0.029 122.014
35 15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 5 15.976 1.172 0.250 120.105
36 66 United States Timmy Hill  Toyota 17 16.382 1.578 0.406 117.129
37 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 14 17.068 2.264 0.686 112.421
shares
comments
Darrell Waltrip to retire from FOX broadcast booth after 2019

Previous article

Darrell Waltrip to retire from FOX broadcast booth after 2019

Next article

Darrell Waltrip: "This has been the greatest experience of my life"

Darrell Waltrip: "This has been the greatest experience of my life"
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Bristol
Author Jim Utter
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
Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption Prime

Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a chance of redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Effectively replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith...

NASCAR Cup
Feb 11, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Prime

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future…

NASCAR Cup
Nov 18, 2020
Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture Prime

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture

“You can’t hear me? Hey n*****” Those fateful words uttered by Kyle Larson, spoken into his esports headset on April 12, were directed at his sim racing spotter – but instead they quickly became amplified around the world via social media, including his own Twitch stream.

NASCAR Cup
Oct 29, 2020