Bowman tops first Cup practice at WGI, near-miss for Elliott

Alex Bowman rocketed to the top of the speed chart in the final minutes of Saturday’s first NASCAR Cup Series practice.

Bowman, who doesn’t pride himself on being a very good road racer, topped the speed chart wat Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International with an average lap speed of 125.888 mph, knocking Kyle Busch from the top spot (125.786 mph).

In three Cup series starts at the Glen, Bowman’s best finish was 14th last year.

Last week’s race winner, Denny Hamlin, ended up third (125.642 mph), Chase Elliott – who won this race a year ago – was fourth and Kyle Larson completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones and Joey Logano.

About eight minutes into the session, Matt Tifft spun off Turn 5 and briefly blocked the track, which brought out a caution. 

Elliott narrowly avoided slamming into Tifft. Tifft didn’t appear to do any significant damage to his No. 36 Ford. The track returned shortly thereafter to green-flag conditions.

After 20 minutes, Matt DiBenedetto developed a flat left-front tire after running through the bus stop. He slowly brought his No. 95 Toyota back to the garage area without incident.

188 Alex Bowman Chevrolet201’10.062  125.888
218 Kyle Busch Toyota191’10.1190.0570.057125.786
311 Denny Hamlin Toyota231’10.1990.1370.080125.643
49 Chase Elliott Chevrolet221’10.2100.1480.011125.623
542 Kyle Larson Chevrolet191’10.2410.1790.031125.568
612 Ryan Blaney Ford201’10.4450.3830.204125.204
719 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota201’10.6340.5720.189124.869
82 Brad Keselowski Ford221’10.6970.6350.063124.758
920 Erik Jones Toyota181’10.6990.6370.002124.754
1022 Joey Logano Ford151’10.7990.7370.100124.578
1137 Chris Buescher Chevrolet171’10.8140.7520.015124.552
1248 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet161’10.8350.7730.021124.515
1324 William Byron Chevrolet201’10.9150.8530.080124.374
1414 Clint Bowyer Ford191’10.9880.9260.073124.246
1595 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota151’11.0931.0310.105124.063
164 Kevin Harvick Ford221’11.1641.1020.071123.939
171 Kurt Busch Chevrolet191’11.1891.1270.025123.896
1821 Paul Menard Ford201’11.2661.2040.077123.762
1910 Aric Almirola Ford201’11.2761.2140.010123.744
2017 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford161’11.2901.2280.014123.720
218 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet191’11.3331.2710.043123.645
2234 Michael McDowell Ford181’11.3731.3110.040123.576
2341 Daniel Suarez Ford181’11.6021.5400.229123.181
2496 Parker Kligerman Toyota161’11.6391.5770.037123.117
256 Ryan Newman Ford151’11.6591.5970.020123.083
263 Austin Dillon Chevrolet231’11.7201.6580.061122.978
2713 Ty Dillon Chevrolet141’11.7421.6800.022122.941
2838 David Ragan Ford111’11.9021.8400.160122.667
2947 Ryan Preece Chevrolet171’11.9151.8530.013122.645
3015 Ross Chastain Chevrolet141’12.1252.0630.210122.288
3100 Landon Cassill Chevrolet121’12.2372.1750.112122.098
3236 Matt Tifft Ford151’12.4192.3570.182121.791
3332 Corey Lajoie Ford171’12.5282.4660.109121.608
3451 Cody Ware Chevrolet101’13.5733.5111.045119.881
3552 Josh Bilicki Chevrolet41’14.2834.2210.710118.735
3643 Darrell Wallace Jr. Chevrolet31’27.89117.82913.608100.352

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