Kyle Larson had the fastest car at Friday’s only practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Larson sped through the 1.5-mile lap at 192.082 mph. The top 10 surprisingly didn’t include many Toyotas despite the manufacturer dominating the season.
Ryan Newman, who was eliminated from the playoffs last week, had the second fastest practice time at 191.442 mph. The rest of the top 5 included Kevin Harvick at 191.225 mph, Denny Hamlin at 191.137 mph and Chase Elliott at 191.090.
Rounding out the top 10 were Ryan Blaney (190.853), Martin Truex Jr. (190.772), Michael McDowell (190.766), Jamie McMurray (190.658) and Kurt Busch (190.590).
The practice wasn’t smooth for everyone involved. Three drivers hit the wall, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. The damage to Earnhardt’s car forced him to go to his backup car after he crashed into the wall.
Neither Keselowski nor Busch decided to go to their backup cars. Both teams decided to fix the damage on the vehicles prior to Sunday’s race.
Qualifying begins Friday night at 7:20 ET.
(h/t NBC Sports)