Bubba Wallace Paces Friday practice in Nashville | NASCAR


 Bubba Wallace Paces Friday practice in Nashville |  NASCAR

After a free weekend to recharge the batteries, the Cup Series is back this weekend in Lebanon, Tennessee. The teams have returned to Nashville Superspeedway for the Ally 400 on the 1.3 mile oval. Last year the inaugural Cup race at the popular venue was won by Kyle Larson.

Whilst there isn’t much history with the Cup cars at this track, many of the drivers have quite a bit of experience on this oval. Both Xfinity and Trucks raced here from 2001 to 2011 before returning last year. Three riders (Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski) have won twice in Xfinity here, while Joey Logano has one win. Busch also has two truck wins here and Austin Dillon won the truck race in 2011.

None of that experience is likely to translate into action this weekend and even last year’s race will be of minimal help. Like everything else this season, the next-gen cars will thwart the team’s plans.

The drivers got more practice time than usual today with a 50 minute session. Bubba Wallace set the fastest lap of the day with fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch right behind him. Busch was momentarily late in practice, which almost sent his No. 18 Camry into the wall after getting caught in Harvick’s dirty air. Busch had the best five-lap average of any driver.

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