Austin Dillon soared to the fastest lap in opening Monster Energy Series practice Friday, setting the early pace at Michigan International Speedway.
Dillon posted a best lap of 189.969 mph at the 2-mile oval, landing the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet atop the speed charts. Dillon’s lap with roughly a minute left in first practice knocked Brad Keselowski off the top spot in the opening tune-up for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).
RELATED: Practice 1 results
Keselowski, a Michigan native, held on for the second-fastest lap at 189.929 mph, just eight-thousandths of a second slower in the Team Penske No. 2 Ford. Jimmie Johnson was third-fastest (189.603 mph) with teammate Alex Bowman tied with RCR’s Daniel Hemric at 188.957 mph to round out the top five in the 50-minute session. Four of the top five drivers were in Chevrolets.
Defending race winner Kevin Harvick was sixth-fastest on the board. Joey Logano, winner of the series’ most recent race at Michigan, landed the ninth-fastest lap.
The No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford team of former Michigan winner Clint Bowyer was docked 15 minutes of practice time at the end of the session. Bowyer’s team was late leaving the garage before qualifying last weekend at Watkins Glen International.
Busch Pole Qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is scheduled for Friday at 5:05 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).