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Byron, Larson lead practice as Cup Series makes first laps at Nashville Superspeedway

NASCAR Cup Series drivers hit Nashville Superspeedway for the first time Saturday afternoon, and Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Kyle Larson topped the practice leaderboard with identical lap times.

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Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet and Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet were clocked at 161.082 mph around the 1.33-mile concrete track just east of the Music City. The 50-minute session was the only practice scheduled for NASCAR’s top division before Sunday’s Ally 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM).

Chase Elliott logged the third-fastest lap in another Hendrick entry, the No. 9 Chevy. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. placed fourth on the practice leaderboard with Tyler Reddick fifth. Chevrolets swept the top seven spots on the practice chart.

Sunday’s event is the inaugural race for the Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway, which is hosting its first NASCAR weekend since 2011. It’s the first Cup Series race in the Nashville area since 1984, when the circuit last visited the .596-mile fairgrounds track in town.

Busch Pole Qualifying to set the 39-car starting lineup is scheduled for Sunday at 11:05 a.m. ET (NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM).