(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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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Christian Koelle returns to Frontstretch in 2020 as the photo editor at Frontstretch. He will continue to contribute content in the ARCA Menards Series, Sioux Chief Challenge, and ARCA East & West Series. He is also engaged and will be getting married during the 2020 NASCAR off-season.

His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

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