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Ryan Blaney leads morning Cup practice

Chase Briscoe earns his first career Xfinity Series pole and will lead the field to green for the playoff race at the Charlotte ROVAL.

CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Blaney posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning’s Cup practice session on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval.

Blaney, who won last year’s inaugural Cup race on the Roval, had a top lap of 101.882 mph. He was followed by Ryan Preece (101.445 mph), Joey Logano, (101.387), Jimmie Johnson (101.290) and Denny Hamlin (101.227). Hamlin is in a backup car after a crash in Friday’s practice.

MORE: Click here for practice report

Kyle Larson had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 100.358 mph. He was followed by Matt DiBenedetto (100.087 mph) and Kurt Busch (99.861).

There were a few minor incidents in Saturday’s morning session.

Kyle Busch spun between Turns 3 and 4 on his second lap of practice. His team made repairs and he was back on track later in the session.

Brad Keselowski missed the backstretch chicane and drove through without any issues. Alex Bowman missed the backstretch chicane and stopped on track (as would be required during the race) before continuing. Daniel Suarez missed the frontstretch chicane and drove through it without incident.

Final Cup practice will be from 2-2:50 p.m. ET on NBCSN.