NASCAR: Bowyer leads opening practice in Sonoma

A happy Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer placed the #15 5-Hour Energy Toyota atop the time charts in Great Clips Fast Friday opening practice in preparation for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. The 2012 Sonoma winner navigated the 1.99-mile 11-turn road course in 74.979 seconds, just under two-tenths quicker than the #47 Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet of A.J. Allmendinger. Sam Hornish Jr. was third two-tenths behind Allmendinger.

Danica Patrick joined fellow former single-seat drivers in the top-5 posting the fourth quick time. 2013 and 2014 pole winner Jamie McMurray rounded out the top-five.

Final practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins at 3:30 p.m. local time. Full practice 1 times below.

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# Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Speed (mph) Time Behind
1 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 95.547 74.979 Leader
2 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kingsford Charcoal 95.318 75.159 –0.180
3 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford Jacob Companies 95.092 75.338 –0.359
4 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 95.012 75.401 –0.422
5 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet CESSNA 94.940 75.458 –0.479
6 55 David Ragan Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 94.802 75.568 –0.589
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford Ortho Ford Fusion 94.781 75.585 –0.606
8 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Folds of Honor / Outback Steakhouse / Budweiser 94.713 75.639 –0.660
9 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 94.554 75.766 –0.787
10 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Stanley 94.497 75.812 –0.833
11 43 Aric Almirola Ford Nathans Famous 94.407 75.884 –0.905
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Viva Vantage 94.195 76.055 –1.076
13 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops 94.079 76.149 –1.170
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal Ford Fusion 94.024 76.193 –1.214
15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet AARP MEMBER ADVANTAGES 93.973 76.235 –1.256
16 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet WIX Filters 93.965 76.241 –1.262
17 95 Michael McDowell Ford KLOVE Radio 93.957 76.248 –1.269
18 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Crispy 93.954 76.250 –1.271
19 38 David Gilliland Ford Love's Travel Stops 93.905 76.290 –1.311
20 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond/Menards 93.898 76.296 –1.317
21 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 93.809 76.368 –1.389
22 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row/Visser Precision 93.803 76.373 –1.394
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet LOWE'S PRO SERVICES 93.800 76.375 –1.396
24 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 93.799 76.376 –1.397
25 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 93.797 76.378 –1.399
26 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 93.532 76.594 –1.615
27 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 93.476 76.640 –1.661
28 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 93.432 76.676 –1.697
29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Microsoft 93.290 76.793 –1.814
30 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 93.282 76.799 –1.820
31 34 Justin Marks Ford Dockside Logistics 92.957 77.068 –2.089
32 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare Ford Fusion 92.757 77.234 –2.255
33 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet Bene-fit 92.589 77.374 –2.395
34 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 92.539 77.416 –2.437
35 35 Cole Whitt Ford Uponor 92.206 77.696 –2.717
36 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet Golden Corral 92.158 77.736 –2.757
37 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota Dr Pepper 91.992 77.876 –2.897
38 32 Boris Said Ford Loss Prevention Group 91.739 78.091 –3.112
39 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet Media Cast 91.725 78.103 –3.124
40 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Dogecoin 91.522 78.276 –3.297
41 26 Jeb Burton Toyota Maxim Fantasy Sports 91.467 78.323 –3.344
42 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Burger King 91.306 78.461 –3.482
43 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet TBA 90.636 79.041 –4.062
44 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet TBA 90.630 79.047 –4.068

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