Chris Buescher is surprise leader of Friday's first Cup practice

Jim Utter

Buescher set his average lap speed of 121.147 mph early in the 50-minute session at Richmond (Va.) Raceway and it stood the entire time.

in 2017.

Joey Logano ended up second (120.962 mph) and William Byron was third (120.827 mph). Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson completed the top-five.

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Rounding out the top-10 were Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Ryan Newman.

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Larson was fastest among those drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps. Jones and Clint Bowyer were second and third, respectively, in that category.

1

37

United States
United States

 Chris Buescher 

 

Chevrolet

42

22.287

 

 

121.147

2

22

United States
United States

 Joey Logano 

 

Ford

41

22.321

0.034

0.034

120.962

3

24

United States
United States

 William Byron 

 

Chevrolet

46

22.346

0.059

0.025

120.827

4

18

United States
United States

 Kyle Busch 

 

Toyota

43

22.372

0.085

0.026

120.687

5

42

United States
United States

 Kyle Larson 

 

Chevrolet

33

22.409

0.122

0.037

120.487

6

11

United States
United States

 Denny Hamlin 

 

Toyota

49

22.477

0.190

0.068

120.123

7

20

United States
United States

 Erik Jones 

 

Toyota

49

22.479

0.192

0.002

120.112

8

12

United States
United States

 Ryan Blaney 

 

Ford

48

22.481

0.194

0.002

120.101

9

9

United States
United States

 Chase Elliott 

 

Chevrolet

61

22.510

0.223

0.029

119.947

10

6

United States
United States

 Ryan Newman 

 

Ford

41

22.516

0.229

0.006

119.915

11

21

United States
United States

 Paul Menard 

 

Ford

39

22.519

0.232

0.003

119.899

12

41

Mexico
Mexico

 Daniel Suarez 

 

Ford

57

22.550

0.263

0.031

119.734

13

19

United States
United States

 Martin Truex Jr. 

 

Toyota

50

22.552

0.265

0.002

119.723

14

17

United States
United States

 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 

 

Ford

54

22.556

0.269

0.004

119.702

15

8

United States
United States

 Daniel Hemric 

 

Chevrolet

45

22.558

0.271

0.002

119.691

16

48

United States
United States

 Jimmie Johnson 

 

Chevrolet

34

22.578

0.291

0.020

119.585

17

4

United States
United States

 Kevin Harvick 

 

Ford

60

22.593

0.306

0.015

119.506

18

10

United States
United States

 Aric Almirola 

 

Ford

57

22.599

0.312

0.006

119.474

19

47

United States
United States

 Ryan Preece 

 

Chevrolet

39

22.605

0.318

0.006

119.443

20

14

United States
United States

 Clint Bowyer 

 

Ford

45

22.607

0.320

0.002

119.432

21

1

United States
United States

 Kurt Busch 

 

Chevrolet

36

22.607

0.320

0.0

119.432

22

88

United States
United States

 Alex Bowman 

 

Chevrolet

47

22.633

0.346

0.026

119.295

23

2

United States
United States

 Brad Keselowski 

 

Ford

50

22.640

0.353

0.007

119.258

24

3

United States
United States

 Austin Dillon 

 

Chevrolet

66

22.651

0.364

0.011

119.200

25

13

United States
United States

 Ty Dillon 

 

Chevrolet

39

22.652

0.365

0.001

119.195

26

95

United States
United States

 Matt DiBenedetto 

 

Toyota

50

22.657

0.370

0.005

119.168

27

43

United States
United States

 Darrell Wallace Jr. 

 

Chevrolet

39

22.809

0.522

0.152

118.374

28

32

United States
United States

 Corey Lajoie 

 

Ford

40

22.827

0.540

0.018

118.281

29

34

United States
United States

 Michael McDowell 

 

Ford

45

22.875

0.588

0.048

118.033

30

38

United States
United States

 David Ragan 

 

Ford

37

22.891

0.604

0.016

117.950

31

36

United States
United States

 Matt Tifft 

 

Ford

27

22.963

0.676

0.072

117.580

32

15

United States
United States

 Ross Chastain 

 

Chevrolet

35

23.050

0.763

0.087

117.137

33

00

United States
United States

 Landon Cassill 

 

Chevrolet

25

23.156

0.869

0.106

116.600

34

77

United States
United States

 Reed Sorenson 

 

Chevrolet

15

23.442

1.155

0.286

115.178

35

52

United States
United States

 J.J. Yeley 

 

Ford

21

23.502

1.215

0.060

114.884

36

27

United States
United States

 Quin Houff 

 

Chevrolet

20

23.536

1.249

0.034

114.718

37

53

United States
United States

 Spencer Boyd 

 

Chevrolet

14

23.724

1.437

0.188

113.809

38

51

United States
United States

 Austin Theriault 

 

Chevrolet

6

24.172

1.885

0.448

111.699

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