Ricky Stenhouse Jr. paces Cup field in opening practice at Atlanta

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest lap in Friday’s Cup practice session at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stenhouse led the way with a lap of 186.384 mph. He was followed by Kyle Larson (185.915 mph), Daytona 500 runner-up Darrell Wallace Jr. (185.834), Ty Dillon (185.648) and Alex Bowman (185.294).

Jimmie Johnson ran the most laps at 23. Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer each ran 21 laps.

There were no incidents in the 80-minute session.

Cup qualifying is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET Friday.

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