Matt DiBenedetto tops final Cup practice at Bristol

Matt DiBenedetto led the way in final practice at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Leavine Family Racing Toyota Camry.

DiBenedetto, who learned this week he will be out at Leavine Family Racing at the conclusion of the 2019 season, led the way in final practice at 128.848mph.

Ryan Blaney was second on the speed charts but the session did not end the way he would have wanted. While lapping, he suffered a power steering failure and dropped fluid around the track.

“Just blew the power steering pump, blew the guts out of it,” he told NBCSN. “Happened right in the middle of (Turns) 3 and 4 when you’re fully turned left … it was an instant kind of snap. Not sure what it did to my shoulder but I just needed a second.

“That stinks but at least we didn’t hit the wall or nothing.”

Blaney also topped the five lap, ten lap and 15 consecutive lap averages.

NASCAR decided to add an extra 12 minutes to the session following the track cleanup. 

Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman rounded out the top-five.

195 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota8814.892  128.848
212 Ryan Blaney Ford5314.9620.0700.070128.245
310 Aric Almirola Ford6914.9640.0720.002128.228
49 Chase Elliott Chevrolet8314.9650.0730.001128.219
588 Alex Bowman Chevrolet5314.9710.0790.006128.168
642 Kyle Larson Chevrolet6814.9910.0990.020127.997
717 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford4815.0090.1170.018127.843
819 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota7115.0360.1440.027127.614
93 Austin Dillon Chevrolet7915.0470.1550.011127.520
106 Ryan Newman Ford8315.0480.1560.001127.512
1114 Clint Bowyer Ford5315.0980.2060.050127.090
128 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet6815.1620.2700.064126.553
1322 Joey Logano Ford11615.1650.2730.003126.528
1420 Erik Jones Toyota7715.1760.2840.011126.436
1534 Michael McDowell Ford9215.1950.3030.019126.278
1618 Kyle Busch Toyota5915.1980.3060.003126.253
171 Kurt Busch Chevrolet8415.1980.3060.0126.253
1811 Denny Hamlin Toyota9915.2010.3090.003126.229
1937 Chris Buescher Chevrolet6515.2040.3120.003126.204
204 Kevin Harvick Ford8515.2300.3380.026125.988
2121 Paul Menard Ford7615.2540.3620.024125.790
2241 Daniel Suarez Ford8415.2570.3650.003125.765
2332 Corey Lajoie Ford3415.2570.3650.0125.765
2443 Darrell Wallace Jr. Chevrolet6015.2840.3920.027125.543
252 Brad Keselowski Ford10515.2910.3990.007125.486
2624 William Byron Chevrolet7215.2970.4050.006125.436
2738 David Ragan Ford6215.300.4080.003125.412
2848 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet9215.3260.4340.026125.199
2947 Ryan Preece Chevrolet5515.3360.4440.010125.117
3013 Ty Dillon Chevrolet8515.3760.4840.040124.792
3151 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet1915.4740.5820.098124.002
3253 Josh Bilicki Chevrolet915.6390.7470.165122.693
3336 Chase Briscoe Ford5015.6490.7570.010122.615
3454 J.J. Yeley Ford1815.6560.7640.007122.560
3500 Landon Cassill Chevrolet5715.6820.7900.026122.357
3652 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet5115.8810.9890.199120.824
3777 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet3616.01.1080.119119.925

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