Bowyer again on top in final Cup practice, as Kyle Busch crashes

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Bowyer again on top in final Cup practice, as Kyle Busch crashes

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Bowyer again on top in final Cup practice, as Kyle Busch crashes

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Clint Bowyer remains one of the fastest men in Atlanta as he was again the quickest in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice.

Bowyer’s Haas Automation Ford Mustang topped the charts in Saturday’s final practice at 174.104 mph, with Kyle Busch (Snickers Creamy Toyota) second quickest at 174.180 mph. Bowyer had also been fastest in Friday’s lone practice session as well as two of the three qualifying rounds, though he lost out on pole to his teammate, Aric Amirola.

Kyle Busch will start from the back after crashing in final practice. Image by Harrelson/LAT

Busch, meanwhile, must resort to his backup Camry for Sunday’s race. The Daytona 500 runnerup hit the wall in Turn 2, then spun down to the inside just minutes into the session, his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota suffering serious right-rear damage.

Busch had posted his fastest lap just before the accident, and did not get back on track in the backup car.

Austin Dillon was third quickest at 178.711 mph with Michael McDowell (178.671) fourth and Corey LaJoie (178.435) rounding out the top five.

Completing the top 10 were Kurt Busch (178.017), Joey Logano (177.789), Daniel Hemric (177.783), Ryan Newman (177.527), and Martin Truex Jr. (177.481).

Kyle Busch’s JGR teammate Erik Jones was responsible for a second brief caution period during the session. His No. 20 Toyota began showing smoke in Turn 3, Jones radioing to his team that he had a power steering issue.

Austin Cindric ran 13 laps in the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske. The car’s primary driver, Brad Keselowski, woke up with flu-like symptoms and did not get in the car until 1 hour into the session. He wound up 28th on the speed chart.

UP NEXT: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.

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