Denny Hamlin leads morning Cup practice at Bristol
Denny Hamlin, who celebrated the birth of his second daughter earlier this week, was the fastest in Friday morning’s Cup practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a lap of 129.230 mph.
Hamlin was followed by Kyle Busch (129.221 mph), Kasey Kahne (128.943), Ryan Blaney (128.917) and Clint Bowyer (128.382). Matt Kenseth (128.356) was sixth. Points leader Martin Truex Jr. (128.313) was seventh and Furniture Row Racing teammate Erik Jones (128.176) was eighth.
Toyotas took five of the top eight spots.
Jamie McMurray had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 126.604 mph. Hamlin was next at 126.469 mph.
Kyle Larson spun down the frontstretch but did not hit the wall in the session’s only incident.
Final Cup practice begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Eight Cup teams will be penalized 15 minutes of practice in that session.