The first of two practice sessions on Friday saw Kurt Busch lay down the fast lap of the session. Busch ran 45 laps during the session, but it was the very first lap that was the quickest. Busch tripped the timing and scoring light with a lap of 28.606 seconds (188.772 mph). Second on the timing sheet, also turning his fast lap on the first lap of the session, was Carl Edwards. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver ran a quick time of 28.629 seconds (188.620 mph). Busch and Edwards were the only two drivers in the 188-mph range. Rounding out the top-three quick times was Ryan Newman. The Richard Childress Racing Chase contender crossed the line with a lap of 28.780 seconds (187.630 mph).
The best 10-lap average in the session belonged to Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time Charlotte Motor Speedway race winner ran the first 10 laps of his session at an average speed of 183.807 mph. Kyle Busch was second fastest with an average of 183.778 mph. Kurt Busch backed up his quick time with the third highest 10-lap average of 183.537 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five 10-lap averages.
Martin Truex Jr. turned in the fourth-fastest single lap of the session with a lap of 28.789 seconds (187.572 mph) while Joey Logano finished off the top five in single-lap speeds at 28.802 seconds (187.487 mph). The Bank of America 500 takes the green flag at 7:20 p.m. ET Saturday night, October 10th.
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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.