Phoenix NASCAR Practice Notes
Kevin Harvick – The #4 had really good speed in practice. Long runs were a strength of the #4. Harvick ranked 4th in terms of 10,15 and 20 lap averages and had the best 20-lap average.
Ryan Blaney – Ryan Blaney focused on race runs. His teammates did some practice in qualifying trim for him. The #12 had good long run speed. Blaney had the best 15 and 20-lap averages. Dale Earnhardt Jr. really liked how the #12 looked but said they fell off at the tail end of a run. Late in practice, Blaney said he had no rear security.
Christopher Bell – Christopher Bell is very confident with his car and the #20 was very fast in practice. Bell had the best 5 and 10-lap averages. In terms of 15-lap averages, Bell ranked 2nd. Turn #3 was the only turn he wanted to be better. The #20 was impressive. Bell was said to have a consistent run on the stopwatch late in practice. Bell’s car was said to be getting better with adjustments. Dale Earnhardt Jr. really liked his speed. Bell ended practice with a mock qualifying run.
William Byron – The #24 had really good speed. 15-minutes into practice, Byron told his team that his car has good drive off. 20-minutes in practice he said he was “building loose and a but tight in the center.” At the midway point, his car wasn’t quite where he wanted following a change. 40 minutes into practice he was looking for a little more rear security into turn #1. Byron ended practice with a long run and his team liked his speed. Byron had the 2nd best 20-lap average.
Kyle Larson – Larson started with a 10-lap run. His car wasn’t where he wanted following his first run and said it lacked grip. Late in practice, Larson scrubbed the wall. Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he found speed late in practice.