RYAN BLANEY FASTEST IN OPENING CUP PRACTICE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Ryan Blaney paced the opening practice Friday morning for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, turning a 129.614 mph lap on the 0.533-mile oval.

Joey Logano was second (128.882 mph), followed by Erik Jones (128.865), Kyle Larson(128.735) and Denny Hamlin (128.709).

Brad Keselowski, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez and Clint Bowyerrounded out the top 10.

There were 13 drivers who cracked the 15-second barrier. Blaney was two 10ths of a second off the pole position record set by Denny Hamlin in March 2014.

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