Chase Elliott fastest in final Cup practice at Phoenix

Chase Elliott fastest in final Cup practice at Phoenix


Chase Elliott, who is in a must-win situation this weekend to make the Championship 4, topped Friday’s final NASCAR Cup Series practice at ISM Raceway.

Elliott posted an average lap speed of 138.627 mph early in the final 50-minute session of the day which ended up topping the leaderboard.

“As a team, we know the position we’re in right now and it kind of is what it is at this point. We’ll either run good this weekend or we don’t,” Elliott said. 

“If we do, we have a chance next week. If we don’t, we’ll go to Homestead and try to build a notebook for hopefully an opportunity down the road.”

Ryan Blaney was second (137.206 mph) and Kevin Harvick was third (136.913 mph). Martin Truex Jr. was fourth and Alex Bowman completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 of the single-lap runs were Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.

Hamlin had the fastest average lap speed (135.437 mph) among those drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps. DiBenedetto and Blaney were second and third, respectively, in that category.

19 Chase ElliottChevrolet5025.969  138.627
212 Ryan BlaneyFord5026.2380.2690.269137.206
34 Kevin HarvickFord5426.2940.3250.056136.913
419 Martin Truex Jr.Toyota5726.3120.3430.018136.820
588 Alex BowmanChevrolet3226.3580.3890.046136.581
610 Aric AlmirolaFord4026.4470.4780.089136.121
722 Joey LoganoFord7326.4660.4970.019136.024
895 Matt DiBenedettoToyota5126.4820.5130.016135.941
911 Denny HamlinToyota5926.4860.5170.004135.921
1018 Kyle BuschToyota4626.5450.5760.059135.619
1142 Kyle LarsonChevrolet4326.5990.6300.054135.343
1220 Erik JonesToyota4526.6030.6340.004135.323
131 Kurt BuschChevrolet4826.6140.6450.011135.267
1414 Clint BowyerFord4926.6260.6570.012135.206
153 Austin DillonChevrolet5126.6450.6760.019135.110
1637 Chris BuescherChevrolet3526.6540.6850.009135.064
1736 John Hunter NemechekFord3426.6730.7040.019134.968
182 Brad KeselowskiFord5326.6810.7120.008134.927
1947 Ryan PreeceChevrolet3626.6840.7150.003134.912
2021 Paul MenardFord4426.7270.7580.043134.695
2141 Daniel SuarezFord6126.7830.8140.056134.414
2217 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Ford2626.8270.8580.044134.193
236 Ryan NewmanFord3526.8310.8620.004134.173
2424 William ByronChevrolet3226.8440.8750.013134.108
2538 David RaganFord4326.8520.8830.008134.068
2613 Ty DillonChevrolet2526.8600.8910.008134.028
2743 Darrell Wallace Jr.Chevrolet2926.8760.9070.016133.949
2848 Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet3226.8900.9210.014133.879
2934 Michael McDowellFord4226.8980.9290.008133.839
308 Daniel HemricChevrolet4426.9460.9770.048133.601
3132 Corey LajoieFord1527.2461.2770.300132.129
3253 J.J. YeleyFord2227.2521.2830.006132.100
3352 Bayley CurreyChevrolet1127.5741.6050.322130.558
3466 Joey GaseToyota528.5762.6071.002125.980

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