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Joey Logano, Aric Almirola Lead Saturday Cup Practices at Dover

Ahead of tomorrow’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola led the Saturday morning practice sessions.

Opening session

Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion posted a lap of 157.494 mph. He was followed by teammate Team Penske Brad Keselowski at 157.453 mph. Martin Truex Jr.’s Furniture Row Racing No. 78 was the top Toyota Camry in third with a lap of 157.048 mph, while Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott was the fastest Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at 156.883 mph. Rounding out the top five was Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola at 156.856 mph.

Sixth- through tenth-fastest were Kevin Harvick, polesitter Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch and William Byron.

Friday practice winner Paul Menard was 14th at 156.393 mph after completing 40 laps in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.

All 38 cars took part in the opening session. Busch drove the most laps with 50, while Reed Sorenson ran the fewest with eight. Cody Ware‘s No. 51 was slowest at 146.009 mph.

Final session

Almirola led the entirety of the final 50-minute practice session, running 54 laps with a fastest speed of 158.277 mph. All 38 cars turned laps during this session.

In a familiar position, Elliott ran second with a speed of 158.054 mph, while Clint Bowyer was third at 157.916 mph. Rounding out the top five were Larson at 157.729 mph and Harvick at 157.529 mph.

Sixth- through tenth-quickest were Erik Jones (the highest Toyota), Jimmie Johnson, Byron, Menard and Kyle Busch.

Bowyer completed 65 laps this session, the most of any driver. Ware completed the fewest laps in this session with 13.

Former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope is running a second entry for StarCom Racing this weekend, and the No. 99 was the slowest vehicle on the track at 146.021 mph.

The AAA 400 Drive for Autism will go green around 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 6 on FS1.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Practice 2

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice

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Wesley has been with Fronstretch since October 2017. He loves well-told stories in whatever format he finds them. Aside from NASCAR, he enjoys reading, country music and OKC Thunder basketball. He has a BA in Liberal Arts/English and currently lives in eastern Oklahoma, where he works as a freelance writer/editor.

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