Chase Elliott fastest in opening Cup practice

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — With the threat of inclement weather making practice time more critical, Chase Elliott led the opening practice for Saturday night’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver turned a 126.645 mph lap in his No. 9 Chevrolet, followed by Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.

Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR announced during the practice that it was moving the start time for Saturday’s race up by one hour.

Click here for speeds from the opening practice at Bristol.