He was followed on the speed chart by
It was the only practice session of the day for the Cup drivers, and the weather was unusually mild for central Indiana in late-July with temperatures in the high 70s.
The drivers practice again Saturday morning and then qualify to set the 43-card grid for Sunday's race.
The opening practice Friday was not necessarily indicative of the strength of each driver's car. Teams typically use practice to test various car setups for the race and for qualifying.
Among other notable drivers,