Almirola leads opening Kansas practice

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Almirola leads opening Kansas practice

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Almirola leads opening Kansas practice

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Ford drivers Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer were the fastest two in opening NASCAR Cup Series practice at Kansas, however most of the top 10 featured Chevrolet drivers.

Almirola paced the 50-minute session with a lap of 178.153mph (30.311 seconds). He ran 23 laps, with his fastest lap being the final one. Almirola’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Bowyer clocked in at 177.381mph, which was also on his final lap of practice.

Kyle Busch was third at 177.160mph with Brad Keselowski fourth-fastest at 176.997mph. The first of the Chevrolet drivers was William Byron, fifth-fastest with a lap of 176.939mph.

Completing the top 10 were Jimmie Johnson at 176.933mph, Austin Dillon at 176.858mph, Kyle Larson at 176.678mph, Kevin Harvick at 176.667mph, and Alex Bowman at 176.603mph.

Harvick is the defending race winner at Kansas.

The session was incident-free with Daniel Hemric, who was 13th fastest, running the most laps (53).

Four drivers served practice holds. Martin Truex Jr., Bowman, and Ryan Preece lost 15 minutes after their cars failed pre-race inspection at Dover twice. Matt Tifft lost 30 minutes for his car failing three times.

There are 40 cars entered in the Digital Ally 400. In addition to the 36 charter teams Reed Sorenson is in the No. 27 for Premium Motorsports, Tyler Reddick is in the No. 31 for Richard Childress, Joey Gase is in the No. 46 for MBM Motorsports, and Timmy Hill is in the No. 66 for MBM.

UP NEXT: Final practice at 2:35 p.m. ET.

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