With dramatically colder temperatures than on Friday, 12 drivers ran faster than Friday’s pole speed. Suarez posted a 198.998 mph lap in first practice, narrowly edging Denny Hamlin. William Byron, who will start in the rear of the field Sunday in a backup car, was third-quickest. Seven-time Texas winner Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
Meanwhile, polesitter Kurt Busch was 12th-quickest.
The only incident in the first session came when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hit the wall, heavily damaging the right side of the No. 17 Ford. He was forced to a backup car after the contact, telling his team he believed was caused by a tire going down.
The second session was delayed for a half hour for drizzle and was ultimately shortened to 30 minutes.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will run Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.
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