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Ryan Blaney leads final practice for Cup at Bristol

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – MARCH 26: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Advance My Track Challenge Ford, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney is riding that momentum from last week’s win and recorded the fastest lap during the final practice at Bristol.

The final practice was much tougher to see as a lot more dust kicked up into the air, making it tougher to see for TV viewers, and almost certainly drivers and their spotters. It is yet to be seen whether this will be a factor for Sunday’s race, but something to keep an eye on for sure.

Just like with the first practice, Kyle Larson led most of the consecutive-lap categories, so while he doesn’t have short-run speed, he certainly has more long-run speed and overall consistency.

Overall, it was pretty uneventful considering this is only the second chunk of time Cup Series cars have been on dirt in over 50 years, but there were a handful of incidents with some car having mechanical issues. This includes Kyle Larson who will need a brand new engine and will start at the rear on Sunday.

Pos.Car #DriverTeamTime
112Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske20.172
248Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports20.194
311Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing20.228
422Joey LoganoTeam Penske20.262
514Chase BriscoeStewart-Haas Racing20.313
619Martin Truex jr.Joe Gibbs Racing20.319
79Chase ElliotHedrick Motorsports20.320
834Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports20.321
924William ByronHendrick Motorsports20.410
1018Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing20.415
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