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Cup - Bristol - Saturday practice

AJ Allmendinger topped the final day of practice at Bristol Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday afternoon's Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
AJ Allmendinger's morning lap of 15.646s (122.638 mph) was the fastest time seen on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway during the day's two practice sessions ahead of Sunday's Food City 500 Cup race.

Allmendinger's time was just 0.008s ahead of Kyle Busch, and 0.025s ahead of Ryan Newman who went on to top the second of the day's practice sessions with a lap of 15.743s (121.883 mph). Kyle Busch - a regular race winner at Bristol in the past - was second again in this session, 0.006s off Newman's time.

Jimmie Johnson spun during the morning practice on the exit of turn 4 and was collected by Paul Menard, but damage to both cars was light. Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports team mates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr narrowly avoided the incident.

Carl Edwards was reported ill and Roush Fenway's Trevor Bayne placed on standby to fill in for him, but Edwards recovered sufficiently to turn a few laps and also to act as the ceremonial starter for the afternoon Ford EcoBoost 300 Nationwide Series race.

Practice 3

1. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15.743s (Leader) 121.883 mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 15.749s (-0.006) 121.836 mph
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 15.769s (-0.026) 121.682 mph
4. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 15.769s (-0.026) 121.682 mph
5. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 15.776s (-0.033) 121.628 mph
6. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 15.784s (-0.041) 121.566 mph
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 15.805s (-0.062) 121.405 mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 15.815s (-0.072) 121.328 mph
9. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 15.819s (-0.076) 121.297 mph
10. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 15.822s (-0.079) 121.274 mph
11. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 15.823s (-0.080) 121.267 mph
12. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 15.823s (-0.080) 121.267 mph
13. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 15.824s (-0.081) 121.259 mph
14. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 15.834s (-0.091) 121.182 mph
15. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 15.834s (-0.091) 121.182 mph
16. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 15.834s (-0.091) 121.182 mph
17. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 15.857s (-0.114) 121.007 mph
18. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 15.870s (-0.127) 120.907 mph
19. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 15.876s (-0.133) 120.862 mph
20. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 15.879s (-0.136) 120.839 mph
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 15.883s (-0.140) 120.808 mph
22. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 15.889s (-0.146) 120.763 mph
23. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 15.896s (-0.153) 120.710 mph
24. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 15.901s (-0.158) 120.672 mph
25. #30 David Stremme Toyota 15.905s (-0.162) 120.641 mph
26. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 15.909s (-0.166) 120.611 mph
27. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15.921s (-0.178) 120.520 mph
28. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 15.936s (-0.193) 120.407 mph
29. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 15.946s (-0.203) 120.331 mph
30. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 15.947s (-0.204) 120.324 mph
31. #13 Casey Mears Ford 15.964s (-0.221) 120.195 mph
32. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 16.003s (-0.260) 119.902 mph
33. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 16.026s (-0.283) 119.730 mph
34. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 16.031s (-0.288) 119.693 mph
35. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 16.053s (-0.310) 119.529 mph
36. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 16.054s (-0.311) 119.522 mph
37. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 16.059s (-0.316) 119.484 mph
38. #38 David Gilliland Ford 16.071s (-0.328) 119.395 mph
39. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 16.082s (-0.339) 119.313 mph
40. #34 David Ragan Ford 16.105s (-0.362) 119.143 mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 16.131s (-0.388) 118.951 mph
42. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 16.171s (-0.428) 118.657 mph
43. #74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 16.397s (-0.654) 117.021 mph

Practice 2

1. #22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 15.646s (Leader) 122.638 mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 15.654s (-0.008) 122.576 mph
3. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15.671s (-0.025) 122.443 mph
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 15.679s (-0.033) 122.380 mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 15.684s (-0.038) 122.341 mph
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 15.685s (-0.039) 122.333 mph
7. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 15.688s (-0.042) 122.310 mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 15.700s (-0.054) 122.217 mph
9. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 15.701s (-0.055) 122.209 mph
10. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 15.702s (-0.056) 122.201 mph
11. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 15.705s (-0.059) 122.178 mph
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 15.706s (-0.060) 122.170 mph
13. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 15.708s (-0.062) 122.154 mph
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 15.708s (-0.062) 122.154 mph
15. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 15.731s (-0.085) 121.976 mph
16. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 15.731s (-0.085) 121.976 mph
17. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 15.734s (-0.088) 121.952 mph
18. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 15.742s (-0.096) 121.891 mph
19. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 15.747s (-0.101) 121.852 mph
20. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 15.755s (-0.109) 121.790 mph
21. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 15.755s (-0.109) 121.790 mph
22. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 15.765s (-0.119) 121.713 mph
23. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 15.792s (-0.146) 121.505 mph
24. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15.796s (-0.150) 121.474 mph
25. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 15.804s (-0.158) 121.412 mph
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 15.804s (-0.158) 121.412 mph
27. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 15.805s (-0.159) 121.405 mph
28. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 15.806s (-0.160) 121.397 mph
29. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 15.806s (-0.160) 121.397 mph
30. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 15.829s (-0.183) 121.220 mph
31. #13 Casey Mears Ford 15.861s (-0.215) 120.976 mph
32. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 15.886s (-0.240) 120.786 mph
33. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 15.897s (-0.251) 120.702 mph
34. #30 David Stremme Toyota 15.906s (-0.260) 120.634 mph
35. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 15.909s (-0.263) 120.611 mph
36. #33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 15.913s (-0.267) 120.581 mph
37. #38 David Gilliland Ford 15.921s (-0.275) 120.520 mph
38. #34 David Ragan Ford 15.944s (-0.298) 120.346 mph
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 15.971s (-0.325) 120.143 mph
40. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 15.986s (-0.340) 120.030 mph
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 16.037s (-0.391) 119.648 mph
42. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 16.064s (-0.418) 119.447 mph
43. #74 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet



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