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Busch dominates Saturday Sprint Cup practices

March 16, 2013, Staff report,

Johnson, Biffle make adjustments between sessions

Coors Light Pole Award winner Kyle Busch led teammates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session on Saturday morning for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing trio was followed by Jeff Burton and Kasey Kahne.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by a fleet of Chevrolets, the last being the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson, who ran 48 laps but was not happy with his Chevrolet SS. Johnson described it as “bouncy” and crew chief Chad Knaus said they were going to start over, changing the drive shaft, axles and anything they could before the next practice.


Joey Logano was the first Ford in 11th, followed by teammate Brad Keselowski and rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Busch dominated the day by going to the to of the speed charts for the final practice, with Kenseth and Hamlin in fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Cinderella story of the day was David Gilliland, who shot into the top five of the speed charts and stayed in third all session, running 64 laps. Kahne rounds out the top five, filling the second place spot.

After having issues in the first practice, but still finishing in the top 10, Johnson was ninth in the final practice.

The Food City 500 is Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.


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