Bowman leads opening Cup practice at Bristol

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Alex Bowman led the way in the opening practice session for Cup teams Friday on the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track.

As was the case in the opening Truck practice, which preceded the first Cup session, the fastest laps were posted in the opening minutes of practice.

Bowman was the fastest in Cup practice with a lap of 20.155 seconds. He was followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Christopher Bell (20.225 seconds), Kyle Busch (20.248 seconds) and Denny Hamlin (20.266 seconds). Kyle Larson (20.314 seconds) was fifth on the speed chart, followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott (20.334 seconds).

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Larson had the fastest lap average over 15 consecutive laps. He was followed by Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick.

The 50-minute session was slowed only three times for spins. Those who spun were Martin Truex Jr. and and JJ Yeley, who spun twice.

Final Cup practice will be from 6:35 – 7:25 p.m. ET Friday on FS1.

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