Alex Bowman led the way in the opening practice session for Cup teams Friday on the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track.
As was the case in the opening Truck practice, which preceded the first Cup session, the fastest laps were posted in the opening minutes of practice.
Bowman was the fastest in Cup practice with a lap of 20.155 seconds/89.308 mph. He was followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Christopher Bell (20.225 seconds/88.999 mph), Kyle Busch (20.248 seconds/88.898 mph) and Denny Hamlin (20.266 seconds/88.819 mph). Kyle Larson (20.314 seconds/88.609 mph) was fifth on the speed chart, followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott (20.334 seconds/88.522 mph).
Larson had the fastest lap average over 10 consecutive laps and 15 consecutive laps. Over 10 consecutive laps, Bowman was second and Truex was third. Over 15 consecutive laps, Custer was second to Larson and Tyler Reddick was third.
Final Cup practice will be from 6:35 – 7:25 p.m. ET Friday on FS1.
I will be begging @NASCAR in years to come for more dirt races. These cars are a freakin blast on dirt lol most fun I’ve had
— Matt DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) March 26, 2021