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Alex Bowman fastest in first Cup practice at Watkins Glen

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Alex Bowman topped the speed chart in the Cup Series’ first of two practice sessions for Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International.

Bowman posted his top speed of 125.888 mph around the road course in the final minute of the session.

The top five was completed by Kyle Busch (125.786 mph), Denny Hamlin (125.643 mph), Chase Elliott (125.623) and Kyle Larson (125.786).

Hamlin and Austin Dillon recorded the most laps in the session with 23 each.

The practice was stopped once for a Matt Tifft spin with 42 minutes left in the session. Elliott narrowly avoided colliding with his No. 36 Ford.

“I got really lucky for sure,” Elliott said. “I was like ‘Here we go, we are going to crash another one in practice.’ I saw smoke and at first, I thought somebody blew up, so I was like I’m going to get over here out of the way and hope to stay out of the oil. Then I realized somebody was spinning out and I was going to go to the right of him because I thought he was going to stay closer to the left. Joey (Logano) was stopped on the bottom and I think myself and whoever was behind me knew there was no way we were getting stopped before we got there. I had to decide last second that the left side was the only option if I could get there. Luckily, I got over there, but I don’t really know how.”

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Truck Series practice report from Kentucky

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Brett Moffitt was fastest in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series final practice session Thursday at Kentucky Speedway.

Moffitt posted a top speed of 181.861 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

The top five was completed by Grant Enfinger (181.104 mph), Sheldon Creed (180.819), Brandon Jones (180.270) and Johnny Sauter (180.114).

Creed recorded the most laps in the session with 32.

Harrison Burton had the best 10-lap average at 177.273 mph.

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First practice

Harrison Burton was fastest with a top speed of 180.481 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

The top five was completed by Creed (179.432 mph), Sauter (179.336), Tyler Ankrum (177.702) and Moffitt (176.985).

Stewart Friesen was seventh fastest in his backup truck after his primary truck was confiscated by NASCAR due to a firewall issue.

Spencer Boyd, who was 28th on the speed chart, recorded the most laps with 33.

The session was stopped once for a spin by Tyler Hill.

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Truck Series practice report from Texas Motor Speedway

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Austin Hill posted a top speed of 185.816 mph in the final Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hill recorded 28 laps around 1.5-mile track. He also had the best 10-lap average at 182.020 mph.

The top five was completed by Brett Moffitt (185.778 mph), Brennan Poole (185.452), Stewart Friesen (185.408) and Todd Gilliland (185.338).

Kyle Busch was sixth fastest.

 

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First practice

Johnny Sauter was fastest in the first practice session

Sauter posted a top speed of 185.580 mph. He recorded 16 laps in the session.

He was followed in the top five by his ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger (185.376 mph) and Ben Rhodes (184.489).

The top five was completed by Busch (183.723) and Moffitt (183.082).

Greg Biffle, who will race for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the June 7 Truck race at Texas, made 14 laps in the session in Busch’s No. 51 truck. His fastest lap was 181.616 mph, which was good for P13 before he was replaced by Busch.

The session was stopped once for a fire in the No. 1 truck of Bayley Currey. Currey was able to exit his truck.

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