Chase Elliott leads final Cup Series practice at Charlotte

Chase Elliott
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Chase Elliott turned in the fastest lap in Saturday's final practice session for Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Elliott ran his quickest lap toward the end of the one-hour session that saw Cup Series playoff contenders Martin Truex, Jr. and Alex Bowman find trouble in what will be the final race of the opening round Round of 16.

"I thought we made it a little better today from where we were yesterday," said Elliott. "Hopefully we have it driving well enough to be good as we go. Obviously, we qualified really bad yesterday, so we need to be able to try to stay out of trouble and have the ability to move forward. We’ll give it our best shot."

Elliott put down a lap of 102.101 mph in the No. 9 Chevrolet. Truex was leading the practice session before his No. 19 Toyota lost the motor, forcing the team to change engines and sending Truex to the rear of the field to start Sunday's race.

Alex Bowman's torn-up Chevrolet
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With 30 seconds left in the practice session, Bowman buried his car into the tire barrier, putting him in a backup car and also relegating him to a back-of-the field start on Sunday.

FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

Pos # Driver Sponsor/Make Lap Speed Behind
1 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 81.801 102.101 —.—
2 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops Toyota 81.875 102.009 -0.074
3 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Alliance Truck Parts Ford 81.97 101.891 -0.095
4 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Rush/Cummins Ford 82.063 101.775 -0.093
5 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 82.079 101.756 -0.016
6 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Duracell Ford 82.134 101.687 -0.055
7 24 William Byron (P) UniFirst Chevrolet 82.172 101.64 -0.038
8 42 Kyle Larson (P) Clover Chevrolet 82.196 101.611 -0.024
9 1 Kurt Busch (P) Monster Energy Chevrolet 82.208 101.596 -0.012
10 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Retirement Plans Chevrolet 82.281 101.506 -0.073
11 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Freight Toyota 82.34 101.433 -0.059
12 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford 82.412 101.344 -0.072
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 82.439 101.311 -0.027
14 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Jimmy John's Ford 82.52 101.212 -0.081
15 21 Paul Menard Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 82.55 101.175 -0.03
16 95 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota 82.596 101.119 -0.046
17 8 Daniel Hemric # Cat Next Gen Excavators Chevrolet 82.607 101.105 -0.011
18 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Hazelnut Toyota 82.611 101.1 -0.004
19 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Ford 82.715 100.973 -0.104
20 20 Erik Jones (P) Craftsman Toyota 82.777 100.898 -0.062
21 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 82.855 100.803 -0.078
22 41 Daniel Suarez Haas Automation Ford 82.865 100.79 -0.01
23 37 Chris Buescher Velveeta Chevrolet 82.891 100.759 -0.026
24 6 Ryan Newman (P) Performance Plus Ford 83.06 100.554 -0.169
25 43 Bubba Wallace LeithCars.com Chevrolet 83.07 100.542 -0.01
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Ford 83.128 100.472 -0.058
27 38 David Ragan Citgard Heavy Duty Engine Oil Ford 83.185 100.403 -0.057
28 32 Corey LaJoie Samaritan's Feet Ford 83.194 100.392 -0.009
29 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Military Chevrolet 83.453 100.08 -0.259
30 3 Austin Dillon Jack Daniel's Chevrolet 83.622 99.878 -0.169
31 0 Landon Cassill(i) Coladka Chevrolet 84.886 98.391 -1.264
32 *96 Parker Kligerman(i) TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota 85.504 97.68 -0.618

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