Christopher Bell leads Darlington Cup practice
During the first 20-minute session, Bell achieved the fastest average speed of 168.428 mph, with McDowell and Stenhouse following closely behind. In the second session, Bubba Wallace took the top spot with an average lap speed of 166.591 mph. Austin Cindric had the fastest average speed among drivers who ran at least 10 consecutive laps. In the first session, playoff drivers dominated the top positions, with Bell leading the pack. Larson had a minor incident with the wall but sustained no significant damage. Wallace, Cindric, and Hamlin were the top performers in the second session. Truex also had a slight contact with the wall, but it didn’t affect his Toyota. Other playoff drivers had mixed results in both sessions. Byron emphasized the importance of maintaining a points buffer, acknowledging the potential for things to change rapidly.