Martin Truex Jr. is fastest in first Cup practice at Sonoma
Martin Truex Jr. was fastest in the first of two NASCAR Cup practice sessions Friday afternoon at Sonoma Raceway.
Truex covered the twisting road course layout with a top speed of 95.326 mph. Ryan Blaney was second-fastest at 95.195 mph.
Third through 10th were Chris Buescher (95.041 mph), Jimmie Johnson (95.035), Michael McDowell (94.773), Alex Bowman (94.761), Clint Bowyer (94.619), Kyle Busch (94.333), Daniel Suarez (94.105) and David Ragan (93.928).
Bubba Wallace was the first car off track.
This marked the first time Sonoma’s noted Carousel has been used in 22 years in Cup competition. It begins in Turn 4 and rejoins the course in what was the old Turn 7. The Carousel was part of Sonoma’s layout from 1968-97.
The Carousel extends Sonoma’s length from 1.99 miles to 2.52 miles.
The second and final Cup practice will take place from 5:40-6:55 p.m. ET. Martin Truex Jr. will have a 15-minute practice hold for twice failing inspection at Michigan.