Clint Bowyer tops Friday’s first Cup practice at Las Vegas

Playoff contender Clint Bowyer topped William Byron to lead Friday’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice.

Bowyer was in the top-five most of the 50-minute session but bolted to the top of the speed chart in the final minutes behind an average lap speed of 178.059 mph.

Byron ended up second (177.223 mph) and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson was third (177.148 mph). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fourth and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway has not been a particularly good track for Bowyer during his career. In 15 starts, he has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. 

Rounding out the top-10 in practice were Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott.

About 19 minutes into the session, the caution was displayed for debris on the track. Cars returned to action a few minutes later.

Ross Chastain was forced to sit out the final 15 minutes of practice after his No. 15 Chevrolet was late to inspection last weekend at Indianapolis.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 14  Clint Bowyer  Ford 21 30.327     178.059
2 24  William Byron  Chevrolet 29 30.470 0.143 0.143 177.223
3 48  Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 19 30.483 0.156 0.013 177.148
4 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 20 30.552 0.225 0.069 176.748
5 3  Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 27 30.563 0.236 0.011 176.684
6 2  Brad Keselowski  Ford 25 30.564 0.237 0.001 176.678
7 11  Denny Hamlin  Toyota 24 30.60 0.273 0.036 176.471
8 13  Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 23 30.613 0.286 0.013 176.396
9 41  Daniel Suarez  Ford 25 30.625 0.298 0.012 176.327
10 9  Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 33 30.639 0.312 0.014 176.246
11 8  Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 23 30.645 0.318 0.006 176.211
12 19  Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 26 30.677 0.350 0.032 176.028
13 22  Joey Logano  Ford 27 30.679 0.352 0.002 176.016
14 18  Kyle Busch  Toyota 28 30.688 0.361 0.009 175.965
15 10  Aric Almirola  Ford 23 30.711 0.384 0.023 175.833
16 12  Ryan Blaney  Ford 19 30.718 0.391 0.007 175.793
17 88  Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 28 30.770 0.443 0.052 175.496
18 4  Kevin Harvick  Ford 21 30.816 0.489 0.046 175.234
19 20  Erik Jones  Toyota 28 30.817 0.490 0.001 175.228
20 95  Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 34 30.823 0.496 0.006 175.194
21 6  Ryan Newman  Ford 24 30.866 0.539 0.043 174.950
22 42  Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 16 30.886 0.559 0.020 174.836
23 1  Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 25 30.930 0.603 0.044 174.588
24 38  David Ragan  Ford 27 30.984 0.657 0.054 174.284
25 21  Paul Menard  Ford 25 31.013 0.686 0.029 174.121
26 34  Michael McDowell  Ford 24 31.076 0.749 0.063 173.768
27 43  Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 29 31.178 0.851 0.102 173.199
28 47  Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 24 31.204 0.877 0.026 173.055
29 36  Matt Tifft  Ford 19 31.357 1.030 0.153 172.210
30 15  Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 14 31.366 1.039 0.009 172.161
31 37  Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 15 31.439 1.112 0.073 171.761
32 00  Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 15 31.458 1.131 0.019 171.657
33 32  Corey Lajoie  Ford 20 31.486 1.159 0.028 171.505
34 53  J.J. Yeley  Chevrolet 6 31.870 1.543 0.384 169.438
35 51  B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 5 31.890 1.563 0.020 169.332
36 52  Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 10 32.219 1.892 0.329 167.603
37 77  Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 9 32.493 2.166 0.274 166.190
38 27  Joe Nemechek  Chevrolet 13 32.559 2.232 0.066 165.853
39 66  Joey Gase  Toyota 11 33.364 3.037 0.805 161.851

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