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Ryan Blaney Leads Friday Cup Practice Session at Texas

Ryan Blaney led the way in Friday’s sole practice session in advance of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 . The session was outright dominated by blue ovals as Ford took seven of the top 10 positions. Playoff driver Kevin Harvick finished the session in second 0.071-seconds off of first place Blaney.

Kurt Busch, who won the pole at Texas last fall, finished the session in third while Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five speeds. Joey Logano, who won last weekend’s race at Martinsville, put his No. 22 in sixth with less than two minutes remaining in the session. Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-10 speeds.

Bowyer (seventh), Kyle Busch (11th), Martin Truex Jr. (17th) and Chase Elliott (18th) were the four slowest playoff drivers during the session.

All 41 cars entered in this weekend’s race turned at least one lap during the session with Joey Gase turning the slowest lap of the session. The margin between first and 41st was 2.925-seconds.

Qualifying for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 will be live on NBCSN beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Sunday’s race will go live beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET with Countdown to Green. The AAA Texas 500 will go live at 3 p.m. ET.

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About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle returns to Fronstretch in 2019 in a little different form. After a year and a half of being a news writer, Koelle will contribute ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards content and photography in multiple different series over the course of the season. His favorite tracks include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

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