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Austin Dillon Leads 1st Cup Practice At Michigan

Richard Childress Racing was quick in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice at Michigan International Speedway Friday (August 9). The No. 3 car of Austin Dillon topped the charts with a lap speed of 189.969 mph.

It was all Chevrolets and Fords that held the top 10 quickest lap times. Brad Keselowski was second fastest, with a lap speed of 189.929. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman came in third and fourth, with Johnson driving the only other car above 189 mph. Dillon’s RCR teammate Daniel Hemric tied with Bowman, posting the fifth-quickest lap speed of 188.957 mph.

Stewart-Haas Racing cohorts Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer were sixth and seventh fastest in the session. Behind them were the Team Penske drivers of Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano. Paul Menard, whose No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford is affiliated with Penske, finished up the top 10.

No driver ran 10 consecutive laps in the session.

No incidents occurred during this practice.


Qualifying for the Consumers Energy 400 is scheduled to run Friday at 5:05 p.m. ET, with TV coverage from NBCSN. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, also on NBCSN.

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2 thoughts on “Austin Dillon Leads 1st Cup Practice At Michigan”

  1. Surprise, dumb dumb car had an illegal alternator. …hi ho to the back you go. I was betting myself on how long before he was out of the top twenty. Let him and bubba run back there together. 29 year old Dillon is regressing it appears.

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