Larson, Hendrick team mates top cup training session at Watkins Glen

Group A

The first group of riders to tackle The Glen avoided any incident during the 20 minute session. There were a few moments including a suspension for Corey LaJoie at Turn 1 and Chase Briscoe missing the bus stop completely at one point. Erik Jones had a great save after taking too much curb at the bus stop entrance, sliding sideways but picking it up.

Hendrick Motorsports led with Kyle Larson, the defending Watkins Glen champion, just ahead of teammate Chase Elliott, who lapped the track in 1m11.293s. Former WGI Cup winner AJ Allmendinger was third, with Chris Buescher and Briscoe rounding out the top-5.

Larson also led on averages of five and ten rounds.

2010 Le Mans 24 overall winner Mike Rockenfeller, making his Cup Series debut, was 1.3 seconds off the leader in 16th on the timesheets.

Group B

A red flag was raised in the middle of practice after what appeared to be tungsten ballast falling from one of the cars. If indeed it is, there will be penalties for the team that lost it.

The session wasn’t green again for long when Ty Gibbs slid into the tire barrier at the entrance to the carousel. Christopher Bell also suffered catastrophic engine failure while driving up the Esses.

“I just got a little too loose,” Gibbs explained. “These cars are on thin lines so my tires skidded on the surface when I landed and after that it was just done.

Hendrick Motorsports again led the way with William Byron topping the charts with a 1:11.601s. Gibbs, Daniel Suarez, Justin Haley and Austin Cindric completed the top five.

Former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen impressed on his debut, finishing just four tenths off the fast time and finishing 10th in Group B.

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