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Matt DiBenedetto fastest in final Cup practice at Bristol

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Matt DiBenedetto claimed the fastest single lap in the Cup Series’ final practice session Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

DiBenedetto posted a top speed of 128.848 mph around the half-mile track.

The top five was completed by Ryan Blaney (128.245 mph), Aric Almirola (128.228), Chase Elliott (128.219) and Alex Bowman (128.168).

Blaney had the best five and 10-lap averages (125.660 mph). Erik Jones and DiBenedetto followed in the 10-lap category.

Joey Logano recorded the most laps in the session with 116.

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The red flag was displayed with eight minutes left for fluid put on the track by Blaney, whose power steering pump failed.

After cleanup was completed the session was extended by 12 minutes.

Front Row Motorsports’ Matt Tifft was relieved for final practice by Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe after Tifft experienced symptom of vertigo during first practice. Tifft will be reevaluated before qualifying.

 

Chase Elliott fastest in final Cup practice at Watkins Glen

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Chase Elliott was fastest in the final Cup Series practice session for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International.

Elliott, the defending Watkins Glen winner, posted a top speed of 126.901 mph in the final moments of the session.

Martin Truex Jr. was second (125.418 mph) followed by Matt DiBenedetto (125.391), Michael McDowell (125.259) and Kyle Busch (125.074).

MORE: Friday 5: Chase Elliott too busy to relish in Watkins Glen win

Busch recorded the most laps in the session with 30 and had the best 10-lap average at 124.535 mph.

DiBenedetto’s top five speed comes after he finished fourth at Sonoma Raceway in June and fifth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

There were two minor incidents in the session. Daniel Suarez missed the bus stop late in the session and ran through the grass next to the turn.

Busch made contact with the No. 51 of Cody Ware, which caused damage to the right rear of Ware’s car.

Qualifying is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET on NBCSN after the Xfinity Series race.

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Ryan Blaney fastest in final Cup practice at New Hampshire

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Ryan Blaney was fastest in the Cup Series’ final practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Blaney posted a top speed of 133.572 mph.

He was followed by Denny Hamlin (133.226 mph), Kyle Busch (132.739), Kevin Harvick (132.688) and Martin Truex Jr. (132.646).

Brad Keselowski (sixth) and Kurt Busch (14th) each recorded the most laps in the session with 61.

Blaney also had the best 10-lap average.

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Alex Bowman wrecked in Turns 1 and 2 in the middle of the session.

Bowman, who was already in a backup car after he had a driveshaft failure in qualifying Friday, will now go to a second backup car. The No. 88 team will use Jimmie Johnson‘s backup car.

Matt DiBenedetto‘s left-rear tire shredded twice during the session.

“Not a lot of warning, I’ll tell you that,” DiBenedetto told NBCSN after the first tire problem. “I went down into (Turn) 1 and I was passing (Landon Cassill), as soon as we got down into the corner I don’t know if we ran over something or what but the left rear went down in a hurry.”

DiBenedetto, who qualified seventh for Sunday’s race, was able return to the track to make a lap right before the session ended.

 

Daniel Suarez fastest in final Coca-Cola 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Daniel Suarez completed a sweep of Saturday’s two Cup practice sessions by posting the top speed in final practice for the Coca-Cola 600.

Suarez recorded a speed of 180.704 mph around Charlotte Motor Speedway. He made 51 laps in the session.

“I will say one of the best (cars of his Cup career) for sure,” Suarez said. “I feel like this year I’ve had some good race cars with an opportunity to finish in the top five and top 10, but I feel like this car has been pretty solid.  It’s fast and it’s not comfortable to drive 100 percent, but I don’t feel like anyone out there is comfortable right now, so it’s been sunny and hot and slick and that makes things a little bit more difficult, but overall my team has been doing a very good job with Stewart-Haas Racing and Ford Performance.  We have a good piece and hopefully we can take advantage of it tomorrow.”

The top five was completed by Daniel Hemric (180.686 mph), Denny Hamlin (180.553), Ryan Preece (180.469) and Kyle Busch (180.276).

“I felt pretty good with our practice there,” said Hamlin, who will start 20th Sunday. “It was one of our better practices of the year. We’re going to have to start from deep in the field, which is going to be a challenge with traffic, but we’ve got a long race to get it done. Pretty happy with where we’re at.”

Busch has the best 10-lap average at 179.485 mph

Chase Elliott recorded the most laps in the session with 62. He was 18th on the speed chart.

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Kurt Busch fastest in final Cup practice at Kansas

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Kurt Busch posted the fastest speed in the Cup Series’ final practice session Friday at Kansas Speedway.

Busch recorded a speed of 177.731 mph around the 1.5-mile track as the session came to a close.

The top five was completed by Alex Bowman (177.328 mph), Kansas native Clint Bowyer (177.288), Kevin Harvick (177.282) and Denny Hamlin (177.241).

Kyle Busch, who was seventh fastest (176.713), recorded the most laps with 55.

Kevin Harvick had the best 10-lap average at 176.257 mph.

Bowman brushed the wall in Turn 2 right after he took the top spot with just under 10 minutes left in the session. He went to the garage but will not have to go to a backup car.

“(Crew chief) Greg (Ives) will get it fixed up, obviously we’re going to be racing in really different conditions,” Bowman told the Motor Racing Network. “With the whole pack being in front of me I think I had just a little more speed than I realized I had getting into the corner.”

The session was briefly stopped with about six minutes left for a spin by Kyle Larson in Turn 2 which nearly took out Martin Truex Jr.

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