WATCH: Best Moments From the NASCAR Cup Series Practice Sessions on Bristol Dirt

Published 03/28/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Mar 21, 2021; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney (12) passes NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) late in the race to take the lead for the final time at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


The final NASCAR Cup Series practice session at the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track has finally concluded, with Ryan Blaney holding the advantage as the fastest in final practice. He posted the fastest lap in the early stages in his #12 Team Penske Ford. In the process, he staved off a stiff challenge from Alex Bowman.

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There was plenty of action and drama on the dusty track. Many drivers had to be commended for not spinning out and losing control too often. However, there were a few hairy moments, such as when Kurt Busch got a little too close to Chris Windom. In all honesty, it looked like Busch was trying to get him to go faster.

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There was also a wild moment when Stewart Friesen briefly lost control of his car. Luckily, he managed to correct himself before any disaster struck. Sometime during the commentary, Jeff Gordon mused that he wished that he was out there on the track.

What else took place in the NASCAR practice session

While all of this was going on, William Byron quickly found out that racing in the virtual world was a lot different from the real thing. Even though he seized victory in iRacing, Byron was wrestling the car on a bumpy track. Soon, a red flag came out because JJ Yeley spun and came close to hitting the divider. He lost control all on his own and managed to avoid any contact with other cars.

Sep 19, 2020; Bristol, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads Alex Bowman (88) during the Nascar Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

There was also a bit of a headache for Ty Dillon who sustained some damage. Apparently, he clipped a small kerb and wrecked his left front fender, by the wheel. At the time, he was just running alongside Kevin Harvick, and the contact meant that he limped back to the pits.

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Another driver taking impromptu ballet lessons was Cole Custer. As he tried to make a move around the outside of Austin Dillon, he lost the rear and did a 360° spin.

Hopefully, all the drivers will have sorted out their issues. This is because the qualifying heats are not too far away and so is the race.

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MORE: WATCH: William Byron Has the Perfect Preparation for Bristol NASCAR Cup Race With iRacing Win

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