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Erik Jones Leads 1st Cup Practice Session at ISM Raceway

Erik Jones has been on a roll lately, earning three top-five finishes in the last five races, and it continued on Friday (Nov. 9) when Jones put his No. 20 on top of the speed charts. Jones outran teammate Kyle Busch, who earned the highest finish of a playoff driver during the session.

Jones turned a 137.862 mph lap around the ISM Raceway while his teammate Busch was just 0.007 seconds behind.

Chase Elliott finished the session in third while Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five speeds.

Aric Almirola (12th), Joey Logano (17th), Clint Bowyer (19th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th) were the slowest four playoff drivers. Since Logano already earned a victory at Martinsville, his speed will not affect his ticket to Homestead, meaning Kurt Busch, who was 11th quickest, joined Almirola, Bowyer and Truex as the slowest four playoff drivers who could be eliminated after Sunday’s race.

The session was slowed only one time with Cody Ware hitting the wall pretty hard in Turns 3 and 4. The brakes were to blame for the crash.

With the track re-configuration, Ware’s crash occurred before he ever started a lap on the clock. The JACOB Companies Ford is heavily damaged and Ware has indicated that the team does not have a backup car.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES CAN-AM 500 PRACTICE NO. 1 RESULTS

Qualifying for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Second practice kicks off Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET on CNBC while final practice starts at 2 p.m. on NBCSN. Coverage of Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway will kickoff with NASCAR America Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC while the race itself kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
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. During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.