Bowman leads first Cup practice at Fontana as Chevys dominate

Alex Bowman, who was in good position late in last weekend’s race at Las Vegas to pick up a win, topped Friday’s first NASCAR Cup Series practice at Auto Club Speedway in California.

Bowman quickly posted the fastest average lap speed when the 50-minute session began and continued to improve throughout, leading the way at 179.439 mph.

In all, Chevrolet drivers claimed the top four positions and six of the top-10 speeds.

Kyle Larson ended up second (177.703 mph) and Tyler Reddick was third (177.607 mph). Kurt Busch was fourth and Matt DiBenedetto completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 speeds were Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski.

“I’m so thankful and appreciative to Auto Club Speedway and all the fans,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a special weekend with of course my family being here and waving the green flag.

“That practice was great. We stayed on one set of tires and we’re happy with our car and the comfort that it has. The second practice will tell us a lot more.”

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
188 Alex BowmanChevrolet2340.125  179.439
242 Kyle LarsonChevrolet1740.5170.3920.392177.703
38 Tyler ReddickChevrolet2140.5390.4140.022177.607
41 Kurt BuschChevrolet2340.5920.4670.053177.375
521 Matt DiBenedettoFord2440.7680.6430.176176.609
648 Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet2040.7910.6660.023176.510
719 Martin Truex Jr.Toyota2040.7910.6660.000176.510
847 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Chevrolet2240.8050.6800.014176.449
912 Ryan BlaneyFord2840.8820.7570.077176.117
102 Brad KeselowskiFord2140.9010.7760.019176.035
113 Austin DillonChevrolet2340.9440.8190.043175.850
1211 Denny HamlinToyota2740.9550.8300.011175.803
1322 Joey LoganoFord2340.9990.8740.044175.614
146 Ross ChastainFord1941.0280.9030.029175.490
1513 Ty DillonChevrolet1441.0740.9490.046175.293
1643 Darrell Wallace Jr.Chevrolet1941.1140.9890.040175.123
1737 Ryan PreeceChevrolet1841.1251.0000.011175.076
1824 William ByronChevrolet2741.1451.0200.020174.991
194 Kevin HarvickFord2141.1461.0210.001174.987
2014 Clint BowyerFord1941.1821.0570.036174.834
2110 Aric AlmirolaFord1641.2251.1000.043174.651
2241 Cole CusterFord2441.2361.1110.011174.605
2320 Erik JonesToyota2241.2471.1220.011174.558
2418 Kyle BuschToyota2741.2951.1700.048174.355
2534 Michael McDowellFord2341.3111.1860.016174.288
269 Chase ElliottChevrolet3341.3261.2010.015174.224
2738 John Hunter NemechekFord2141.4871.3620.161173.548
2817 Chris BuescherFord1941.6161.4910.129173.010
2995 Christopher BellToyota2241.7151.5900.099172.600
3032 Corey LajoieFord1841.7191.5940.004172.583
3115 Brennan PooleChevrolet2442.3592.2340.640169.976
3252 J.J. YeleyFord342.3652.2400.006169.952
3396 Daniel SuarezToyota1542.6902.5650.325168.658
3477 Reed SorensonChevrolet242.8552.7300.165168.008
3553 Joey GaseFord1443.2053.0800.350166.647
3651 Garrett SmithleyChevrolet843.3193.1940.114166.209
3700 Quin HouffChevrolet1943.5103.3850.191165.479
3866 Timmy HillToyota545.2225.0971.712159.215

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