Alex Bowman is the fastest in a first workout on Bristol dirt

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Alex Bowman set the pace in a groundbreaking training session on Friday afternoon, posting the fastest lap as NASCAR Cup Series drivers made the rounds on Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt roof for the first time.

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Bowman propelled Hendrick Motorsports number 48 to a top speed of 89.308 mph on a half-mile track. The 50-minute session saw the opening of activity on the track ahead of the Food City Dirt Race on Sunday (3:30 PM ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the first Trophy Series event on dirt since 1970.

Dirt expert Christopher Bell ranked second at 88.999 mph in the No. 20 Toyota, the first of three Joe Gibbs Racing entries in a row behind Bowman. Kyle Bush finished third on the speed chart with teammate Denny Hamlin fourth and Hendrick’s Kyle Larson finishing the top five.

The opening practice completed without major accident, with solo spins by Martin Truex Jr. And JJ Yeley (twice) is among the few mistakes. Truex is among those cups Drivers do double duty On Saturday’s Binti Truck Race on Dirt (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) for the Camping World Truck Series.

The Final Trophy Series will be played on Friday at 6:35 PM EST (FS1). The first of the four qualifying races to determine the starting lineup was decided on Saturday at 6 PM EST (FS1).

This story will be updated.

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