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Alex Bowman sets quickest lap on Bristol’s Cup practice

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In the first time for over 50 years, the NASCAR Cup Series cars were running on dirt, and Alex Bowman was the quickest in practice #1.

Right from the beginning of the practice period, several cars went out and were pretty bunched-up, especially compared to what we saw in the Truck Series. That did not last long, as once drivers recorded fast laps, they pitted and talked with their crew chief on some potential adjustments ahead of practice #2.

We saw a lot fewer spin-outs, as compared to the Truck Series, but we still had a few with Truex spinning out in both Truck and Cup practice. J.J. Yeley also spun-out twice during practice, at the same part of the exit of turn 4.

The track began to rubber-up as practice carried on, but not enough apparently as the 25 fastest laps were all recorded in the first 10 minutes of practice, with the exception of Christopher Bell’s 2nd fastest time.

148Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports20.155
220Christopher BellJoe Gibbs Racing20.225
318Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing20.248
411Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing20.266
55Kyle LarsonHendrick Motorsports20.314
69Chase ElliotHendrick Motorsports20.334
722Joey LoganoTeam Penske20.434
841Cole CusterStewart-Haas Racing20.523
924William ByronHendrick Motorsports20.535
1014Chase BriscoeStewart-Haas Racing20.548
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