Blaney, Jones top opening Bristol practice; Harvick, Allmendinger crash


Busch Beer Pole Qualifying for the Monster Energy Series is scheduled Friday at 4:45 p.m. ET with TV coverage on FS1.

"I didn't think it was going to be that good and then they told me to shut it down, so I figured I had something good", Gragson said.

Past year the Busch finished 1-2 at Sonoma with Kyle Busch holding off his older brother. His brother, Kyle Busch, a six-time victor at the Tennessee venue, was fourth-fastest, and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five in preparation for Sunday's Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM).

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In 2002, Kurt Busch scored his first career Cup Series victory at the track. "Just a little bit, but we're doing alright here this weekend". "We got a little bit tight there in the final round but was able to still maintain a quick enough speed in order to beat Kurt out". Brad Keselowski qualified third in the No. 2 Ford. No other Gibbs auto starts in the top 10, though.

In the end, Ford placed seven cars in the top 10, including Team Penske's three entries.

Under new rules installed this year Harvick will have to start at the back of the field because he went to a backup auto.

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Daniel Suarez turned in the 16th-fastest lap in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota.

Blaney paced the field in a practice session that saw Cup drivers AJ Allmendinger spin coming out of turn two on the backstretch and later saw Kevin Harvick smack the outside wall coming out of turn four.

"It definitely wasn't a tire failure or anything like that, but just going in the corner as soon as I let off the gas it just hung a right, so it's unfortunate but we'll get another one out and do it again", said Harvick, who is fourth in the NASCAR standings and has six top 10 finishes in seven starts.

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Series champion Martin Truex, Jr. was tenth in practice with Darrell "Bubba" Wallace in the STP Chevrolet placing 21st in practice. On Friday, teams opted to wait for several minutes before sending their drivers onto the track to make their qualifying runs.