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Aric Almirola Tops First Cup Practice at Kansas, Ford, Team Hendrick Show Speed

NASCAR’s return to the intermediate ovals saw the Ford Mustangs shoot back to the top of the charts, with Aric Almirola topping the first practice for Saturday’s Digital Ally 400. Almirola was joined by hometown favorite Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski in the top five on the speed chart.

From the front to the back of the Cup garage, the word of the day in practice was…loose. Nearly every one of the 40 cars that took to the track for practice Friday morning reported that they were fighting a loose condition. Red-hot Alex Bowman reported early in practice that he was too free to commit to running wide open, a concern shared by teammate William Byron during the session as well.

Despite those handling concerns, both Hendrick Motorsports and the Chevrolet team continued to show improvement in their Camaros, with Byron, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and Bowman all finishing in the top 10 on the practice charts. Further down the Chevrolet pecking order, Landon Cassill expressed a lack of confidence in his race car towards the end of practice that his car was free and “not to the point where I feel comfortable moving [lanes] wide-open.”

Bowyer was blunter in his assessment:


The first practice ran without incident. All 40 cars entered for Saturday’s race made laps during the session.


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The chevys should show improvement. How many technical bullitans has NASCAR issued over the past two years trying to put the thumb on the scale for them. GM is poorly run and NASCAR is trying to help. Hey, maybe Ford and Toyota can take a week off, that way the “golden child” (Elliot) can win an intermediate track.

Anyone who doesn’t believe NASCAR is putting its thumb on the scales to help them is not too smart. Do you think Toyota and Ford just stopped working and allowed GM to catch up? The drastic changes are more rule changes than hard work.

Report it. I found it out asking around. And I’m not connected.


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