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Alex Bowman fastest in final Cup practice at Auto Club Speedway

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Alex Bowman completed a sweep of Friday’s Cup Series practice sessions at Auto Club Speedway by posting the top speed in final practice. He was also fastest in first practice.

Bowman’s top speed was 176.626 mph. He recorded 32 laps in the session.

The top five was completed by Ryan Blaney (176.186 mph), Bubba Wallace (176.177), Kurt Busch (175.816) and Christopher Bell (175.695).

Bowman also had the best 10-lap average at 175.317 mph.

Kurt Busch recorded the most laps with 47.

The only incident in the session was defending race winner Kyle Busch brushing the wall in Turn 3 after his car got away from him on the bumps in the corner. Repairs were made to the car and Busch returned to the track with 17 minutes left in the session.

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Joey Logano fastest in final Daytona 500 practice

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Joey Logano topped the speed chart in the final practice session for Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on Fox).

Logano, who won his qualifying race Thursday night, posted a speed of 200.517 mph.

The top five was completed by Kevin Harvick (200.512 mph), Brad Keselowski (200.499), Clint Bowyer (200.468) and Cole Custer (200.419).

Bowyer recorded the most laps with 23.

Only 26 of 40 cars took part in the practice session.

The five Toyota cars of Joe Gibbs Racing and Leavine Family Racing did not participate. Pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also didn’t practice.

There were no incidents in the practice session.

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Kyle Busch fastest in only Cup practice in Miami

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Kyle Busch was fastest in the only Cup Series practice session ahead of Sunday’s championship race (3 p.m. ET on NBC).

Busch posted a top speed of 168.966 mph around Homestead-Miami Speedway and led a sweep of the top three spots with Joe Gibbs Racing’s championship-eligible drivers.

Martin Truex Jr. was second (168.460 mph) and Denny Hamlin was third (168.277).

 

Said Truex: “I felt pretty good for a lot of new things here at Homestead.  Definitely a lot different than what we’ve done here in the past, fuel‑wise, the way you’re driving the car.

“I felt pretty close.  Good we were able to make three long runs.  Typically for me personally, if the car is pretty close, I’ll run a bunch of laps right away.  That’s definitely a good sign.  The guys did a good job being prepared, making a lot of good assumptions.”

Kevin Harvick, the remaining Championship 4 driver, was ninth fastest (166.806).

“It went good,” Harvick said. “We missed our travels a little bit the first run, got our car a lot better.”

The top five on the speed chart was completed by Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

Keselowski recorded the most laps in the session with 58. The session was scheduled in the place of qualifying after all on-track activity for the Cup Series was rained out Friday.

There were no incidents in the session.

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Kyle Larson fastest in final Cup practice at Dover

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Kyle Larson was fastest in the final Cup Series practice session for Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Larson posted a top speed of 162.705 mph. He also had the best 10-lap average at 157.752 mph.

Martin Truex Jr., who won the spring race at Dover, was second on the chart at 161.377 mph.

The top five was completed by Kevin Harvick (160.456 mph), Brad Keselowski (160.385) and Chase Elliott (160.249).

Joey Logano, who was fastest in the first practice session, recorded the most laps with 82. He was 23rd on the speed chart.

There were no incidents in the session.

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Chase Elliott tops final Cup practice; Alex Bowman to backup car after wreck

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CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott was fastest in the final Cup Series practice Saturday on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

Elliott posted the top speed of 102.101 mph around the road course.

He was followed by Martin Truex Jr. (102.101 mph), Brad Keselowski (101.891), Clint Bowyer (101.775) and Michael McDowell (101.756).

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Truex brought out the red flag early in the session when a mechanical issue from a missed shift caused him to stall on the backstretch. An engine change will force Truex to start from the rear Sunday.

Jimmie Johnson spun and backed into the Turn 5 tire barrier later in the session. The team will try to fix the car to avoid going to a backup.

Austin Dillon spun in Turn 5 with about three minutes left in the session.

Alex Bowman, who qualified second for the race, wrecked in Turn 4 with 35 seconds left in the session. He will go to a backup and also start from the rear Sunday. Bowman is two points behind teammate William Byron for the cutoff spot to advance to the playoffs.