Bowyer leads rain shortened ‘Dega practice

Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer led a brief practice session Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, turning a lap in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 196.822 mph.

Bowyer clocked the time before the red flag came out at 2:44 p.m. ET for rain after 13 minutes, 29 seconds of action on the 2.66-mile track.

Kevin Harvick was second in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 196.439 mph. Rounding out the top five were Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford, Kurt Busch in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and Joey Logano on the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

The session was so abbreviated because of rain that Erik Jones and Kyle Busch completed a field-high 13 laps for the most time on the track.

The cars of Kyle Larson, Danica Patrick and Ty Dillon were scheduled to sit out the first 15 minutes of practice to serve penalties, and were not able to turn a single lap. Larson and Dillon were late to pre-race inspection at Richmond; Patrick failed pre-race LIS.

Rain in the area led to the cancelling of final practice, which had been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.

Results

Pos No. Driver Sponsor Laps Time Behind Gap Speed
1 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Demo Days 10 48.653 0.000 196.822
2 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's 12 48.748 -0.095 -0.095 196.439
3 2 Brad Keselowski Fitzgerald Glider Kits 12 48.905 -0.252 -0.252 195.808
4 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy 11 48.911 -0.258 -0.258 195.784
5 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 12 48.918 -0.265 -0.265 195.756
6 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare 12 48.918 -0.265 -0.265 195.756
7 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 10 48.920 -0.267 -0.267 195.748
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fifth Third Bank 12 48.938 -0.285 -0.285 195.676
9 43 Aric Almirola Fresh From Florida 10 48.965 -0.312 -0.312 195.568
10 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS 12 49.095 -0.442 -0.442 195.050
11 77 Erik Jones ToyotaCare 13 49.096 -0.443 -0.443 195.046
12 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express 12 49.105 -0.452 -0.452 195.011
13 20 Matt Kenseth Circle K 11 49.109 -0.456 -0.456 194.995
14 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Red, White, & Blue 13 49.112 -0.459 -0.459 194.983
15 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst 12 49.118 -0.465 -0.465 194.959
16 24 Chase Elliott Hooters 12 49.156 -0.503 -0.503 194.808
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 11 49.350 -0.697 -0.697 194.043
18 95 Michael McDowell Winn-Dixie 8 49.701 -1.048 -1.048 192.672
19 27 Paul Menard Valvoline / Menards 5 49.727 -1.074 -1.074 192.571
20 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 3 49.957 -1.304 -1.304 191.685
21 3 Austin Dillon Dow Intellifresh 6 49.958 -1.305 -1.305 191.681
22 34 Landon Cassill Love's Travel Stops 4 50.499 -1.846 -1.846 189.628
23 78 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 4 50.921 -2.268 -2.268 188.056
24 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger Click List 8 51.006 -2.353 -2.353 187.743
25 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's 5 51.501 -2.848 -2.848 185.938
26 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's $1 Any Size Soft Drink 5 51.535 -2.882 -2.882 185.815
27 23 Gray Gaulding SunFrog.com 5 51.741 -3.088 -3.088 185.076
28 37 Chris Buescher Velveeta 4 51.799 -3.146 -3.146 184.868
29 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt TBD 3 51.889 -3.236 -3.236 184.548
30 38 David Ragan Camping World / Good Sam 2 52.136 -3.483 -3.483 183.673
31 *83 Corey Lajoie Dustless Blasting 4 52.458 -3.805 -3.805 182.546
32 Matt DiBenedetto EJ Wade Foundation 0.000 48.653 48.653 0.000
33 13 Ty Dillon GEICO 0.000 48.653 48.653 0.000
34 42 Kyle Larson Share an Ice Cold Coke 0.000 48.653 48.653 0.000
35 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental 0.000 48.653 48.653 0.000
36 *55 Reed Sorenson Xchange of America 0.000 48.653 48.653 0.000

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