Ryan Blaney fastest in second Cup Series practice at Charlotte

Ryan Blaney
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Ryan Blaney topped Saturday's opening practice session for Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Blaney – the defending race winner – clocked in at 101.882 mph around the 17-turn, 2.28-mile infield/oval road course, beating out Ryan Preece (101.445 mph) and Joey Logano (101.338 mph). Jimmie Johnson (101.290) and Denny Hamlin (101.228) made up the rest of the top five in practice.

Kyle Busch spun during his practice run and brushed the outside wall. The damage to the No. 18 Toyota was minimal and the team was able to effect repairs.

PRACTICE RESULTS

Pos # Driver Sponsor/Make Lap Speed Behind
1 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Duracell Ford 81.977 101.882 —.—
2 47 Ryan Preece # Kroger Chevrolet 82.33 101.445 -0.353
3 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford 82.377 101.388 -0.047
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 82.456 101.29 -0.079
5 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Freight Toyota 82.507 101.228 -0.051
6 24 William Byron (P) UniFirst Chevrolet 82.52 101.212 -0.013
7 42 Kyle Larson (P) Clover Chevrolet 82.618 101.092 -0.098
8 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 82.696 100.996 -0.078
9 37 Chris Buescher Velveeta Chevrolet 82.728 100.957 -0.032
10 95 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota 82.783 100.89 -0.055
11 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Alliance Truck Parts Ford 82.92 100.724 -0.137
12 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Jimmy John's Ford 82.945 100.693 -0.025
13 21 Paul Menard Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 82.976 100.656 -0.031
14 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops Toyota 82.989 100.64 -0.013
15 8 Daniel Hemric # Cat Next Gen Excavators Chevrolet 83.035 100.584 -0.046
16 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 83.06 100.554 -0.025
17 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Military Chevrolet 83.081 100.528 -0.021
18 14 Clint Bowyer (P) Rush/Cummins Ford 83.108 100.496 -0.027
19 1 Kurt Busch (P) Monster Energy Chevrolet 83.133 100.466 -0.025
20 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Hazelnut Toyota 83.211 100.371 -0.078
21 38 David Ragan Citgard Heavy Duty Engine Oil Ford 83.226 100.353 -0.015
22 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Retirement Plans Chevrolet 83.249 100.326 -0.023
23 41 Daniel Suarez Haas Automation Ford 83.269 100.301 -0.02
24 20 Erik Jones (P) Craftsman Toyota 83.297 100.268 -0.028
25 32 Corey LaJoie Samaritan's Feet Ford 83.38 100.168 -0.083
26 10 Aric Almirola (P) Smithfield Ford 83.562 99.95 -0.182
27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Ford 83.581 99.927 -0.019
28 6 Ryan Newman (P) Performance Plus Ford 83.59 99.916 -0.009
29 3 Austin Dillon Jack Daniel's Chevrolet 83.674 99.816 -0.084
30 43 Bubba Wallace LeithCars.com Chevrolet 83.946 99.493 -0.272
31 15 Ross Chastain(i) Empire Auto Group Chevrolet 84.212 99.178 -0.266
32 36 Matt Tifft # Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford 84.743 98.557 -0.531
33 *53 Josh Bilicki(i) AQRE.app Chevrolet 85.207 98.02 -0.464
34 51 Cody Ware(i) Jacob Companies Chevrolet 85.21 98.017 -0.003
35 52 Garrett Smithley(i) Victory Lane/Kendall Oil Ford 85.299 97.914 -0.089
36 0 Landon Cassill(i) Coladka Chevrolet 85.638 97.527 -0.339
37 *66 Timmy Hill(i) Duracap Asphalt Toyota 86.79 96.232 -1.152
38 *27 Joe Nemechek(i) Chevrolet 87.543 95.405 -0.753
39 *96 Parker Kligerman(i) TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota 87.853 95.068 -0.31
40 77 Reed Sorenson Aquesta Bank Chevrolet 89.414 93.408 -1.561

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