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

Max Tullman ready for thunderous performance at Bristol Motor Speedway

"We made a decision to move the race to a 1 p.m. start after discussing the forecast scenarios with our team of meteorologists, NASCAR and our television partner", said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway. "I'm glad I'm living up to it".

"It's better now with age", he said of their relationship. "He will actually laugh", Kurt Busch said.

SHORT TRACK SUCCESS: The Cup Series completes its early spring short track trio of races with Bristol this weekend and Richmond Raceway next weekend. I'm excited. In my short career, I've learned you're only as good as your last time out on the track.

Kyle Busch owns 20 victories across NASCAR's top three divisions.

" We got a little bit tight there in that final round, but was able to still maintain a quick enough speed in order to beat Kurt (Busch) out", Kyle said. In all seven, Fords will start in the top 10. That was just.006- seconds faster than Martin Truex Jr.

A year ago the Busch finished 1-2 at Sonoma with Kyle Busch holding off his older brother.

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TURN FOUR SLICK: The track was a little slick with several drivers having some trouble coming out of turn four.

Rounding out the Top 10 were David Ragan, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott.

HARVICK STARTS IN BACK: Kevin Harvick has won three Cup Series races already this year, but it won't be easy to win a fourth at Bristol starting at the back of the field. Harvick's suspension broke on a practice lap in the morning and his vehicle took a right turn into the outside wall. We can't hang our hats on what we qualified because those guys are hungry.

Tyler Dippel will join Gragson on the front row for Saturday's race at Bristol.

It didn't seem to hurt Keselowski, who wound up qualifying third. "All the knowledge I gained in the past year working at Kyle Busch Motorsports I put in that lap".

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