Bubba Wallace Paces Friday Practice at Nashville | NASCAR

After a weekend off to recharge the batteries, the Cup Series is back at it this weekend in Lebanon, Tennessee. Teams have made their way back to Nashville Superspeedway for the Ally 400 on the 1.3-mile oval. Last year was the first Cup race at the popular venue, which was won by Kyle Larson.

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

None of that experience will likely translate this weekend, and even last year’s race will only be of minimal help. Like everything else this season, the Next Gen cars will throw a curve ball into team’s plans.

Drivers got more practice time than usual today with a 50-minute session. Bubba Wallace posted the fastest lap of the day with fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch just behind him. Busch had a moment late in practice that nearly sent his No. 18 Camry into the wall after he got into Harvick’s dirty air. Busch had the best five-lap average among all drivers.

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