Front Row Motorsports found themselves at the front of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice Saturday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway as David Ragan led the way.
Ragan clocked the fastest lap at 127.487 mph in the No. 38 Ford, turning it on his second lap of the session. Ragan will start 23rd in Sunday’s Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Chase Elliott ticked off the second-fastest time at 127.073 mph in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Denny Hamlin finished the session in third at 126.997 mph, followed by Kurt Busch in fourth (126.537 mph).
Michael McDowell backed up Front Row’s effort by completing the top five with the fifth-fastest time at 126.295 mph in the No. 34 Ford.
The final five minutes of the session did not treat Stewart-Haas Racing well, though. Busch, who was slated to start on the outside pole alongside his younger brother, Kyle Busch, lost control of the No. 41 Ford at the exit of Turn 2 and hit the inside wall nose-first. Clint Bowyer also found trouble, running into the left-rear quarter panel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Trevor Bayne, causing damage to the right-front fender of the No. 14 Ford.
The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team of Austin Dillon and the No. 00 StarCom Racing team of Landon Cassill served 15-minute practice holds for failing qualifying inspection twice.
Due to an inclement weather forecast, the start time for Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race at Bristol has been moved up to 1 p.m. ET on FOX.
Second Practice Recap
It was Kyle Larson who rocketed to the top of the speed charts in Saturday’s second practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Larson, driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, laid down a lap of 129.004 miles per hour to win the session in preparation for Sunday’s Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Martin Truex Jr. finished second in the session at 128.952 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola notched the third-fastest time (128.943 mph), while pole-sitter Kyle Busch (128.934 mph) and Kasey Kahne (128.830 mph) rounded out the top five.
Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson, who will start last on Sunday after the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team was forced to change tires following Friday’s Busch Pole Award qualifying session, finished out the session in ninth with a lap of 128.563 mph.
The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team of Austin Dillon served a 15-minute practice hold in this session for unapproved adjustments, while the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing team of Harrison Rhodes and the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management team of Chad Finchum served 15-minute holds for arriving late to qualifying inspection.