Bristol Update: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice


Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN: Friday, Aug. 18th 1:55 pm

In the final practice session for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway speeds dropped slightly. Despite running under ideal conditions, slower lap times shuffled the speed standings. With rain returning to threaten the second session, all 41 driver’s again hit the track.

Lasco Press Photo / Steve Sweitzer

Ryan Blaney(21) improved his positioning posting the fastest speed at 128.554. The Wood Brothers Ford continues to be competitive at every track on the circuit. Trevor Bayne(6) and Clint Bowyer(14) were the only other Fords in the top 10. Bayne placed seventh at 126.704, Bowyer 10th at 126.553.

Kyle Larson(42) recovered from his spin during the first practice session to post the second-fastest speed of the afternoon. Larson ran 128.065. Denny Hamlin, the fastest in practice one, could only manage the 21st fastest lap at 125.856.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.(88) moved down one position to 28th, clocking a speed of 124.865. Not the performance he hoped for in his last run at The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.

Qualifying for Saturday’s race begins at 5:30 pm. Three sessions will determine the starting order and the one car that goes home.

Final Practice Session Results


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Steve Sweitzer
Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of NASCAR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines. He is also a freelance technical writer and accomplished photographer. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve at with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.