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William Byron, Chase Elliott Lead Cup Series Practices at Phoenix

Fresh off the win by Alex Bowman at Auto Club Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports displayed speed in the two NASCAR Cup Series practices at Phoenix Raceway. Teammates William Byron and Chase Elliott led the two NASCAR Cup Series practice sessions Friday (March 6). Byron paced the field in the opening practice session and Elliott posted the fastest speed in the final practice session.

First Practice

In the first practice session for the Fanshield 500, Byron and Elliott had the fastest cars. Byron completed 28 laps in this session, with his penultimate lap, his 27th, vaulting him atop the speed charts. His fastest speed was 134.595 mph.

Missing the fastest speed by 0.149-seconds was Elliott. Driving his No. 9 Chevrolet, Elliott posted a speed of 133.849 mph.

As for their two teammates Bowman and Jimmie Johnson, Bowman was 12th and Johnson was 17th in this session.

Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

Thirty-seven of the 38 drivers entered for the race completed at least one lap in this session. Driving the No. 66 MBM Motorsports Toyota, Timmy Hill was the only driver not to get on track in this session.

2020 Fanshield 500 Practice 1 Results

Final Practice

In the final practice, Elliott jumped up one spot to pace the field with the fastest speed of 134.213 mph. It was faster than his run in the first session but still slower than Byron’s quick time in the opening session.

Kyle Busch was second-fastest with a speed of 134.203 mph. He will also compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway this weekend.

Rounding out the top five were Aric Almirola, Bowman and Ty Dillon.

Byron was eighth-fastest in this session, though he completed 48 laps in this session, 20 more than in opening practice.

All 38 drivers completed at least one lap in final practice with 35 drivers practicing for at least 10 laps.

Twenty-eight drivers completed at least 10 consecutive laps in final practice, and Kevin Harvick was the fastest of that group.

2020 Fanshield 500 Final Practice Results

The Fanshield 500 is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by FOX.

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Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.

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