Kyle Busch led an eventful first practice on the Charlotte road course Friday, speeding around a lap at 106.397 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Erik Jones was second in the No. 20 JGR Toyota, making his way around the Roval at 106.382 mph. Joey Logano (106.122 mph), Daniel Hemric (106.081 mph) and Clint Bowyer (106.012 mph) rounded out the top five.
The first real look at the new Roval course brought a fair amount of incidents as drivers searched to figure out how to maneuver through turns, around walls and over bumpers. Trouble struck early, about 10 minutes after the green flag dropped, as Aric Almirola spun on Turn 3, sustaining some damage to his No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.
Minutes later, Denny Hamlin suffered damage to the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota when he skipped over one of the blue, artificial bumpers on a turn.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove his No. 17 Ford off the track at Turn 4 and hit the wall — necessitating a move to a backup car. The list of cars that spun or veered off track included Bubba Wallace (twice), Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch.
Dillon suffered damage to the left front of his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet when he caught the wall jutting out from the backstretch chicane, and Ryan Blaney scraped his No. 12 Team Penske Ford in the same place on the track.
NBCSN reported that Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott also reported damage to their cars after making practice laps.
The Monster Energy Series returns to the track at 4:45 p.m. ET for Busch Pole Qualifying (NBCSN/NBC Sports App).