NASCAR is grooving to music city for the Ally 400 at Nashville! This is the first time since 1984 that the Cup Series has run at the track. The 1.33-mile concrete oval will be run in three stages of 90-95-115. Coverage will begin at 3:30 pm ET on NBCSN. Here is the NASCAR at Nashville preview!
William Byron stood at the top of the pylon in practice with Kyle Larson closely behind. Qualifying will be at 11:05 am ET Sunday morning. Yes, qualifying! Before practice, I thought that after the all-star race, the Penske cars might have a chance to get positioning ahead of the Hendrick cars. But now, I’m not so sure. All three Team Penske cars had practice times that put them outside the top-ten with Ryan Blaney placing the highest in 13th.
As of late, the Chip Ganassi cars have been showing some speed. Both Ross Chastain and Kurt Busch help lap times putting them in the top ten. Surprisingly, only one Gibbs car placed inside of the top-ten in practice we’ll probably see at least two of them have quicker times in qualifying.
After a month of dominance from the Hendrick team, it’d be nice to see another team run upfront. With that being said, I don’t know if anyone really has the speed at this point. Three of four Hendrick cars held the top three spots in practice with the driver in fourth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., being two-tenths slower. If any other team wants a chance to sneak a win from the Hendrick squad, they’re going to have to qualify ahead of them and lock the door on them come race time. I’m talking full Ryan Newman level blocking. For my pick, I’m going to have to go with William Byron. He ran the truck race to get the track down and clearly has the speed. But then again, Larson might have other plans.