AVONDALE, Arizona – Chase Elliott had the fastest lap in Friday’s Monster Energy Cup practice at Phoenix Raceway at 137.368 mph.
Elliott, who is in a must-win situation to advance to next weekend’s championship round in Miami, was followed by Martin Truex Jr. (137.242 mph), Denny Hamlin (136.945), Kyle Busch (136.877) and Ryan Blaney (136.867). The top five were all playoff contenders.
Matt Kenseth was sixth at 136.783 mph and was followed by Jamie McMurray (136.612 mph), Jimmie Johnson (136.545), Joey Logano (136.498) and Kyle Larson (136.452).
There were two playoff contenders outside the top 10. Kevin Harvick was 11th with a lap of 136.358 mph. Brad Keselowksi, who holds the final transfer spot, was 17th at 135.839 mph.
Hamlin was the only driver to run 10 consecutive laps in the session.
There were no incidents in the 85-minute session.