Drafting aplenty in first Vegas Cup practice

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Drafting aplenty in first Vegas Cup practice


Drafting aplenty in first Vegas Cup practice


NASCAR Cup Series practice at Las Vegas featured more than just the full aero package. It saw drivers drafting.

Numerous teams organized a draft late in the session with all seeing improvements on the speed chart. The 50-minute session was led by Richard Childress Racing drivers Austin Dillon (pictured) at 180.294 mph (29.951 seconds) and Daniel Hemric at 180.078 mph.

Completing the top five was Denny Hamlin at 180.030 mph, Chase Elliott at 179.820 mph, and William Byron at 179.718 mph.

Aric Almirola (179.474 mph), Kyle Busch (179.378 mph), Darrell Wallace Jr. (179.075 mph), Clint Bowyer (179.027 mph), and Chris Buescher (179.027) made up the rest of the top 10.

The Joe Gibbs Racing cars were among the first to organize a draft. Lined up with Erik Jones leading the way, Martin Truex Jr., Busch and Hamlin all closely followed. At the time of their run, all four drivers jumped into the top 10 on the leaderboard.

Others who formed a draft were three of the four Stewart-Haas Racing cars, led by Daniel Suarez. Tucked behind him were Aric Almirola, and Clint Bowyer with Matt DiBenedetto getting a tow from a few car lengths behind.

Drafting picked up late in the session when a large pack of Chevrolet drivers took to the track. The group was led by Hemric and consisted of Wallace, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, Ryan Preece, Buescher, and William Byron. The three Team Penske cars also drafted together.

All 38 cars entered in the Pennzoil 400 participated in the session. Joey Gase, 38th fastest, ran the most laps at 15.

UP NEXT: Qualifying at 7:40 p.m. ET.