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Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer Top Cup Series Practice Charts at Talladega

Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer led the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions on Friday (October 11) afternoon for the 1000Bulbs.com 500.

Hamlin was fastest in the first 50-minute practice at 204.904 mph. Kevin Harvick was second with a speed of 203.688, and Kyle Busch, who had mechanical issues early in practice, was third at 203.684 mph.

Corey Lajoie and Michael McDowell rounded out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Erik Jones, Ross Chastain, Brendan Gaughan, Chris Buescher, and Matt DiBenedetto.

First Talladega Cup Practice Results

All 40 cars participated in the first session, which was only stopped once for debris on the track.

Four Fords led the second practice with Bowyer leading the way at 202.042 mph. He was followed by Aric Almirola (200.833 mph), Paul Menard/Matt Crafton (200.814 mph), and Harvick (200.612 mph).

The top 10 was rounded out by Ryan Preece, Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, and DiBenedetto.

Second Talladega Cup Series Results

Single-car runs dominated the second practice, whereas the first practice saw multiple cars practice drafting. Thirty-three teams participated, including all 12 playoff teams, in the incident-free second session.

Qualifying is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. ET tomorrow on NBC Sports Network.

About the author

Josh Roller is a 2019 graduate of the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI in Indianapolis. While in school, he covered the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. He was an extern for INDYCAR in 2019 and interned with Charlotte Motor Speedway's Communications Department in 2020. Besides writing the Xfinity Breakdown for Frontstretch, he also does a weekly podcast with a friend he met at the 2018 Indy 500, Rob Peeters, called the Racing with Rob and Roller podcast.

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