Austin Dillon led the NASCAR Cup Series practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday (May 28).
Dillon’s fast lap of 180.935 mph went to the top of the charts in the lone Cup practice session of the weekend.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson were the other two drivers going above 180.8 mph, just below Dillon. Erik Jones‘ No. 43 of Richard Petty Motorsports was quick early on but ultimately ended the session fourth quickest, going 180.319 mph. Rounding out the top five was Team Penske’s Joey Logano, going 180.096 mph.
Trackhouse Racing’s Daniel Suarez was the final driver above 180 mph in practice. Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing cohort Tyler Reddick was seventh fastest, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was eighth, William Byron was ninth and Kyle Busch completed the top 10.
Larson also posted the fastest 10-lap average, the only one over 179 mph. Byron, Reddick, Stenhouse and Suarez rounded out the top five in averages. 26 drivers made 10 or more consecutive laps in the period.
There were no issues reported in the session.
Cup Practice Results from Charlotte
Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 is set to begin Saturday at 11:05 a.m. on FOX Sports 1. The race will air Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on FOX.
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Alright Austin, you finally won something in Cup without strategy or punting being involved. How many points is that !
Practice and qualifying need to come back every week. Adds so much more to the race and weekend.
Because it’s more.
More to watch.
More to report on.
More to talk about.
More is better.
Lol. In somethings I would agree with you, this may not be one of them.
However I won’t be making the decision.
Does anybody actually watch practice or qualifying?