Phoenix NASCAR Practice Notes
Chase Elliott – 20 minutes into practice while he was 10th, Elliott reported that he was tight in some scenarios and loose in some scenarios. He started with a 25-lap run. Overall following his first run he said, “Solid.” Late in practice, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said that he thought Chase Elliott had the best of the championship cars. Jeff Burton thought Chase Elliott looked to be the best of the championship #4. Elliott had the 2nd best 15-lap average.
Joey Logano – Early in practice, Dale Earnhardt Jr. hinted that it looked like Joey Logano had good long run speed. Logano’s opening run was 11 laps. Logano was keeping tight lipped about what he was working on in practice. Dale Earnhardt Jr. thought the #22 looked to be the best championship car about 3/4th’s thru practice. Late in practice, Logano said he was tight. Logano had the 3rd best 20 lap average.
Christopher Bell – Bell had a really slow 10-lap average. I’m thinking he likely really tanked a lap which had him so low or something. Bell only ran 33 laps. Dale Earnhardt Jr. thought they have work they need to do.
Ross Chastain – On lap 4, Ross Chastain jumped to the top of the speed chart. Chastain started with an 8-lap run and then came in for adjustments. Midway thru practice, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said the #1 was running great lap times that impressed him. Chastain had the 10th best 15-lap average.
Ryan Blaney – The #12 had good long run speed. Blaney ended practice with the best 5,10,15 and 20 lap averages.