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Bowyer, Busch top Cup practices at Sonoma

June 20, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Bowyer is the only driver to place in the top five in both sessions

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SPRINT CUP SERIES FINAL PRACTICE | RESULTS

Clint Bowyer topped the final Sprint Cup Series practice session for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, TNT).

Bowyer topped the charts with a fast lap of 95.988. He had finished second in the first practice session and won at Sonoma in 2012 for his first win with Michael Waltrip Racing.

Paul Menard (95.544 mph) jumped up to second in the final session on his last lap. Carl Edwards (95.465 mph) came in third in the session, while Jamie McMurray (95.463 mph) finished fourth.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (95.463 mph), who has no top-10 finishes at Sonoma, rounded out the top five in final practice.

Rookie Kyle Larson (95.345 mph) was sixth, defending race winner Martin Truex Jr. (95.265 mph) was seventh while Brian Vickers (95.229 mph) was eighth in final practice. All three drivers were in the top five in opening practice.

Five-time Sonoma winner Jeff Gordon (95.201 mph) placed ninth in the session, while Greg Biffle (95.117 mph) rounded out the top 10.

Kurt Busch, who topped Friday's first practice, finished 21st in the session.

Kurt's brother, Kyle Busch, kicked up some dust in Turn 10, when he went just a little too wide.

Timmy Hill filled in for Landon Cassill in final practice and will do so in Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying session (1:40 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Cassill is running in the Nationwide Series event at Road America.

Boris Said caused a caution to come out after stalling in Turn 3 about 14 minutes into practice.

After placing 37th in opening practice, Reed Sorenson did not attempt a lap in final practice.

SPRINT CUP SERIES OPENING PRACTICE | RESULTS

Kurt Busch led Friday's opening 110-minute Sprint Cup Series practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Busch, who has one win at the road course in 2011, turned in a fast lap of 95.470 mph on his 21st and final lap of the practice session.

Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Clint Bowyer (95.421 mph) and Brian Vickers (95.080 mph) were next on the charts in the opening session.

Martin Truex Jr. (94.978 mph), the defending race winner at Sonoma, was fourth in the session. Rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top five (94.825 mph).

Marcos Ambrose (94.714 mph) showed his road course strength as he came in sixth in the opening session. He has five top-10 finishes at the venue. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (94.707 mph) was seventh in the session.


Paul Menard (94.626 mph), Tony Stewart (94.553 mph) and Carl Edwards (94.539 mph) completed the top 10.

Tomy Drissi did not take any laps in the opening session. David Mayhew filled in for J.J. Yeley in the opening practice as Yeley is also competing in this weekend's Nationwide Series race at Road America.

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