Bowman tops both practices in Fontana (Update)

Alex Bowman
Alex Bowman

UPDATE Alex Bowman surged to snag the fastest lap in final NASCAR Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway, sweeping the top spot of both Friday sessions.

Bowman backed up his opening practice performance with a 176.626 mph in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He was just ahead of Ryan Blaney, who posted the second-best speed at 176.186 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford.

Bubba Wallace logged a 176.177 mph lap in the Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 Chevrolet to place third on the leaderboard in the final tune-up for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Kurt Busch and rookie Christopher Bell filled out the top five in that order in the 50-minute final run.

Kyle Busch, a four-time Auto Club winner, was 10th fastest, but his Joe Gibbs Racing crew was forced into repair mode after the No. 18 Toyota scraped the outside retaining wall roughly 15 minutes into the final session. He returned to the track with minimal right-side damage.

Final Practice Results

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed
1 88 Alex Bowman Cincinnati Chevrolet 40.764 176.626
2 12 Ryan Blaney BodyArmor Ford 40.866 176.186
3 43 Bubba Wallace Victory Junction Chevrolet 40.868 176.177
4 1 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet 40.952 175.816
5 95 Christopher Bell # Rheem Toyota 40.980 175.695
6 14 Clint Bowyer Rush/HAAS CNC Ford 40.984 175.678
7 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire/Americas Tire Ford 41.005 175.588
8 42 Kyle Larson McDonald's Chevrolet 41.043 175.426
9 21 Matt DiBenedetto Menards/Quaker State Ford 41.050 175.396
10 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 41.066 175.328
11 6 Ross Chastain(i) Castrol Ford 41.067 175.323
12 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 41.071 175.306
13 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 41.072 175.302
14 8 Tyler Reddick # I am Second Chevrolet 41.102 175.174
15 24 William Byron Axalta 24 Tribute Chevrolet 41.110 175.140
16 22 Joey Logano AAA Southern California Ford 41.112 175.131
17 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 41.124 175.08
18 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 41.181 174.838
19 19 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops Toyota 41.196 174.774
20 41 Cole Custer # Production Alliance Group/Haas Ford 41.230 174.630
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 41.249 174.550
22 20 Erik Jones Reeser's Fine Foods Toyota 41.252 174.537
23 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Kroger Chevrolet 41.281 174.414
24 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 41.281 174.414
25 37 Ryan Preece Cottonelle Chevrolet 41.347 174.136
26 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 41.376 174.014
27 3 Austin Dillon Dow Coatings Chevrolet 41.402 173.905
28 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 41.424 173.812
29 32 Corey LaJoie Pala Casino Ford 41.647 172.882
30 38 John Hunter Nemechek # Fire Alarm Services Ford 41.661 172.824
31 *96 Daniel Suarez Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota 42.142 170.851
32 52 JJ Yeley(i) JACOB Companies Ford 42.579 169.097
33 0 Quin Houff # Victory Weekend Chevrolet 43.255 166.455
Alex Bowman
Alex Bowman leads Chevy 1-2-3 when it does not count

02/28/20 Alex Bowman swooped to the top of the NASCAR Cup Series leaderboard Friday in opening practice at Auto Club Speedway.

A top-of-the-heap lap of 179.439 mph around the 2-mile California track put Bowman’s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet atop the early speed chart. Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will mark his fifth start at the track, with Bowman still seeking his first top-10 finish.

Former Auto Club winner Kyle Larson posted the second-fastest lap at 177.703 mph in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet. Rookie Tyler Reddick, Kurt Busch and Matt DiBenedetto completed the top five in order in the 50-minute tune-up. The top four were all in Chevrolets.

Daytona 500 champ Denny Hamlin was 12th fastest in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Ross Chastain, making his second straight substitute start in place of the injured Ryan Newman, notched the 14th-best lap in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

Final Cup Series practice is scheduled at 5:35 p.m. ET, with Busch Pole Qualifying set for Saturday at 2:35 p.m. ET. Both sessions are to be broadcast on FS1.

Practice 1 Results

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed
1 88 Alex Bowman Cincinnati Chevrolet 40.125 179.439
2 42 Kyle Larson McDonald's Chevrolet 40.517 177.703
3 8 Tyler Reddick # I am Second Chevrolet 40.539 177.607
4 1 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet 40.592 177.375
5 21 Matt DiBenedetto Menards/Quaker State Ford 40.768 176.609
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Ally Chevrolet 40.791 176.51
7 19 Martin Truex Jr Bass Pro Shops Toyota 40.791 176.51
8 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Kroger Chevrolet 40.805 176.449
9 12 Ryan Blaney BodyArmor Ford 40.882 176.117
10 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire/Americas Tire Ford 40.901 176.035
11 3 Austin Dillon Dow Coatings Chevrolet 40.944 175.85
12 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 40.955 175.803
13 22 Joey Logano AAA Southern California Ford 40.999 175.614
14 6 Ross Chastain(i) Castrol Ford 41.028 175.49
15 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 41.074 175.293
16 43 Bubba Wallace Victory Junction Chevrolet 41.114 175.123
17 37 Ryan Preece Cottonelle Chevrolet 41.125 175.076
18 24 William Byron Axalta 24 Tribute Chevrolet 41.145 174.991
19 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 41.146 174.987
20 14 Clint Bowyer Rush/HAAS CNC Ford 41.182 174.834
21 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 41.225 174.651
22 41 Cole Custer # Production Alliance Group/Haas Ford 41.236 174.605
23 20 Erik Jones Reeser's Fine Foods Toyota 41.247 174.558
24 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 41.295 174.355
25 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 41.311 174.288
26 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 41.326 174.224
27 38 John Hunter Nemechek # Fire Alarm Services Ford 41.487 173.548
28 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 41.616 173.01
29 95 Christopher Bell # Rheem Toyota 41.715 172.6
30 32 Corey LaJoie Pala Casino Ford 41.719 172.583
31 15 Brennan Poole # CHOC Kids Chevrolet 42.359 169.976
32 52 JJ Yeley(i) JACOB Companies Ford 42.365 169.952
33 *96 Daniel Suarez Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota 42.69 168.658
34 77 Reed Sorenson Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 42.855 168.008
35 53 Joey Gase(i) One Legacy Ford 43.205 166.647
36 51 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 43.319 166.209
37 0 Quin Houff # Victory Weekend Chevrolet 43.51 165.479
38 *66 Timmy Hill(i) MANSCAPED/LASVEGAS.NET Toyota 45.222 159.215

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