The longer the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice went Friday morning at Michigan International Speedway, the faster the cars got. And by the end of the session, Ryan Blaney was not only atop the leaderboard but had cracked 202 mph.
Blaney’s fastest lap was 202.617mph, while second fastest was Kyle Busch at 201.935mph.
The top nine drivers on the practice chart all ran faster than 200 mph.
Completing the top five were Brad Keselowski at 201.867mph, Kevin Harvick at 201.478mph, and Chase Elliott at 201.134mph.
Kurt Busch (200.630mph), Clint Bowyer (200.568mph), Paul Menard (200.312mph), Aric Almirola (200.128mph), and Joey Logano (199.978mph) rounded out the top 10.
The session lasted just shy of one hour. NASCAR officials decided to add 10 minutes after teams lost time early in the session because the track needed additional cleaning from possible fluid and speedy dry.
Sixteenth on the chart was Kyle Larson. Larson is not only the defending race winner but has won the last three Michigan races. If Larson were to win his fourth straight Sunday afternoon, he would join NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (1985-86) as the second driver to have accomplished the feat.
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