Clint Bowyer And Kyle Busch Set The Pace On Friday At Talladega

Clint Bowyer And Kyle Busch Set The Pace On Friday At Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. – Clint Bowyer set the fastest lap during first practice, and Kyle Busch topped the speed chart in final practice at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday afternoon.

Clint Bowyer’s chart topping lap during first practice was a 47.788 second lap at 200.385 mph. Aric Almirola was second, followed by Jamie McMurray who won this particular event last year. Michael McDowell set the fourth fastest lap, and Travis Kvpail rounded out the top-five. The only drivers who are competing in the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup that were inside the top-10 during the first practice session was Brad Keselowski in eighth and Kyle Busch in 10th.

Jamie McMurray had the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 196.586 mph. McMurray’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Kyle Larson was second. Greg Biffle rounded out the top-three.

Only 21 cars hit the track during the final practice session. Kyle Busch’s lap that put him atop the speed chart was 49.056 seconds at 195.205 mph. Kyle Larson was second, and just behind him was Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon. Casey Mears rounded out the top-five.

Jeff Gordon, with an average speed of 187.556 mph had the best 10 consecutive lap average. His teammates Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were second and third respectively. They were the only drivers to run 10 consecutive laps in the final session.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying will take place after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday afternoon. Qualifying will be live on ESPNEWS at 4:40 p.m. ET. The GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will be live on ESPN and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 19.

GEICO 500 First Practice Top-10 Results:
1.) #15 Clint Bowyer 200.385 mph | 47.788 seconds
2.) #43 Aric Almirola 200.268 mph | 47.816 seconds
3.) #1 Jamie McMurray 200.117 mph | 47.852 seconds
4.) #95 Michael McDowell 199.971 mph | 47.887 seconds
5.) #33 Travis Kvapil 199.883 mph | 47.908 seconds
6.) #42 Kyle Larson 199.537 mph | 47.991 seconds
7.) #40 Landon Cassill 199.284 mph | 48.052 seconds
8.) #2 Brad Keselowski 199.238 mph | 48.063 seconds
9.) #41 Kurt Busch 199.197 mph | 48.073 seconds
10.) #18 Kyle Busch 199.160 mph | 48.082 seconds

GEICO Final Practice Top-10 Results:
1.) #18 Kyle Busch 195.205 mph | 49.056 seconds
2.) #42 Kyle Larson 195.118 mph | 49.078 seconds
3.) #5 Kasey Kahne 195.106 mph | 49.081 seconds
4.) #24 Jeff Gordon 195.015 mph | 49.104 seconds
5.) #13 Casey Mears 194.983 mph | 49.112 seconds
6.) #36 Reed Sorenson 194.856 mph | 49.144 seconds
7.) #11 Denny Hamlin 194.393 mph | 49.261 seconds
8.) #29 Joe Nemecheck 194.176 mph | 49.316 seconds
9.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 194.082 mph | 49.340 seconds
10.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 192.827 mph | 49.661 seconds

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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