Blaney, Jones top opening Bristol practice; Harvick, Allmendinger crash

DFS NASCAR Food City 500 Practice Notes

Nobody wanted to be the first to drive on the traction compound, Kurt Busch explained. "Our guys did a great job here today bringing a fast Skittles Camry to the track and just making some good adjustments there to it through the qualifying rounds and making sure we were staying on top of things".

"It was tough years ago for a few times, but lately I guess we have been racing each other a little better", Kyle Busch said.

In the end, Ford placed seven cars in the top 10, including Team Penske's three entries.

Defending race victor Jimmie Johnson qualified 17th in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Former Bristol winners Denny Hamlin (126.997 mph) and Kurt Busch (126.537 mph) were third and fourth.

The pre-race concert with A Thousand Horses moves from the backstretch stage to a stage in the infield and will begin at 11:20 a.m. Kyle Larson led 202 laps and finished sixth, while Martin Truex Jr. led 116 laps and finished eighth.

Past year the Busch finished 1-2 at Sonoma with Kyle Busch holding off his older brother. Among them was Kevin Harvick, who made significant contact with the outside wall in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford with nine minutes remaining in the session. NASCAR announced Saturday that it had moved up the start time for the Food City 500, aiming to beat the inclement weather.

Kurt Busch said he messed up in turn one, which cost him a shot at a second straight Cup Series pole.

Sunday's Food City 500 will air live beginning at noon MT (2 p.m. ET) on Fox, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and PRN.

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Kyle Larson qualified sixth on Friday and ran even faster laps early Saturday morning. Could this be the day he breaks through and wins a non-restrictor plate race?

"It's better now with age", he said of their relationship. "Hey we're on the pole, that's awesome".

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