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Bowyer tops early practice at Texas

November 02, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Clint Bowyer

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A day after qualifying 26th for Sunday's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, adjustments made to Clint Bowyer's No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota paid off as the driver paced the field in the first of two Saturday practices at Texas Motor Speedway.

Bowyer's 188.422 mph, achieved on his second of 18 laps, bested Kyle Busch (188.350) and Brad Keselowski (188.107), who both struggled to finishes outside of the top 20 in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. Martin Truex Jr. (187.878) and two-time Texas winner Greg Biffle (187.859) completed the top five.

Points leaders Jimmie Johnson (187.578) and Matt Kenseth (186.929) were sixth and 15th, respectively.

Kurt Busch (187.513), Kevin Harvick (187.298), Coors Light Pole Award-winner Carl Edwards (187.311) and Aric Almirola (187.233) filled out positions six through 10.

Apart from Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports struggled in the morning session. Kasey Kahne (186.548), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (186.329) and last week's race winner Jeff Gordon (186.047) place 19th, 20th and 23rd, respectively.

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