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William Byron Leads Nashville Cup Practice

William Byron was fastest in practice for Sunday’s (June 20) NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.

After getting to the top of the charts early in the session, Byron’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson jumped ahead by a slim margin. However, the No. 24 made a mock qualifying run that brought him ahead of Larson. It was only by a bit, though, as both drivers put down lap speeds of 161.082 mph (or 29.724 seconds).

Fellow Hendrick cohort Chase Elliott also had a fast lap, going 161.022 mph, over one mph faster than the fourth fastest driver of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Tyler Reddick’s No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was fifth with a lap speed of 159.568 mph.

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Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain had the sixth and seventh quickest lap times, while Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin was eighth. Ryan Newman and Alex Bowman round out the top 10 drivers from the session.

There were no incidents reported in the period.

Twenty cars ran at least 10 consecutive laps; Larson averaged 157.488 mph. Chastain, Kevin Harvick, Reddick and Elliott round out the top five quickest averages.

Cup Practice Results from Nashville

Qualifying for the Ally 400 airs June 20 at 11:05 a.m. ET with the race to follow at 3:30 p.m. ET, both on NBCSN.

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Joy Tomlinson

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised watching motorsports and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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