Stewart-Haas Racing dominates first All-Star Race practice
Stewart-Haas Racing led the way in Friday first’s NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
SHR drivers Aric Almirola (181.360 mph), Kevin Harvick (179.581 mph) and Clint Bowyer (178.914 mph) topped the practice session, which combined cars already entered in the All-Star Race as well as those competing in the Monster Energy Open event.
Kyle Busch ended up fourth and Paul Menard completed the top-five. Menard was the fastest driver among those not already qualified for the All-Star Race.
Rounding out the top 10 were Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Erik Jones.
Brad Keselowski ended up 39th out of 39 cars and managed only five laps on the track as his No. 2 Ford spent much of the session in the garage with his team working on a power steering problem.
Harvick, who won last year’s race, and Alex Bowman tied for the most laps run in the session (44).
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