Hamlin laid down a lap of 128.605 mph to top the scoring pylon. He was one of four Toyotas inside the top five, with Erik Jones his closest competitor in second (128.150 mph).
Despite being 25th on single-lap speed, Aric Almirola ran 79 laps, by far the most in the opening session. Logano was quickest in terms of 10-lap averages at 126.742 mph.
After announcing he won’t be returning to Leavine Family Racing in 2020, DiBenedetto led the charge in final practice at Bristol, setting an early hot lap of 128.847 mph.
Blaney, scored second the board, had smoke billowing from his No. 12 car late in the session, believing it was the power steering pump. The No. 12 Ford was a time of 128.244 mph.
Almirola ran the third quickest lap (128.227 mph), as Chase Elliott (128.219 mph) and Bowman (128.167 mph) rounded out the top five.
Mired down in 13th on the leaderboard, Logano turned 116 laps, by far the most in the session. Keselowski ranked second with 105.
Out of the 32 drivers to make a run of at least consecutive laps, Blaney led the way at 125.660 mph.
Qualifying for Saturday’s (Aug. 17) Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. ET. Larson is the defending pole winner.
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