We got our first glimpse of NextGen practice on Saturday, with NASCAR Cup Series drivers turning their first laps at the Los Angeles Coliseum to get ready for Sunday’s Busch Clash event. This was the first and only practice session for the exhibition event to be held on Sunday, February 6, 2022, and it did not disappoint.

Chase Elliott was the fastest car in practice in Los Angeles on Saturday, but the rest of the top 5 was a bit more surprising, specifically Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe, and Justin Haley coming in at 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-fastest. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5 in this session.

Other drivers with surprising speed during the practice were: Landon Cassill (8th-fastest), Cody Ware (13th-fastest), Ryan Preece (15th-fastest), and Todd Gilliland (16th-fastest).

The drivers that had the best long-run speed on Saturday (looking at 30-lap averages) were:

  1. Chase Elliott – 13.666 seconds
  2. Kyle Larson – 13.717 seconds
  3. Tyler Reddick – 13.770 seconds
  4. Ryan Blaney – 13.817 seconds
  5. Christopher Bell – 13.881 seconds

It should be noted that the track got faster as the day went on, as more rubber was being laid on the track.

Busch Clash Practice Speeds

RankDriverTimeBehind
1.Chase Elliott13.455—.—
2.Kevin Harvick13.457-0.002
3.Chase Briscoe13.470-0.015
4.Justin Haley13.470-0.015
5.Kyle Busch13.482-0.027
6.Tyler Reddick13.503-0.048
7.Kyle Larson13.513-0.058
8.Landon Cassill13.532-0.077
9.Ryan Blaney13.546-0.091
10.Denny Hamlin13.565-0.110
11.Daniel Suarez13.570-0.115
12.Cole Custer13.571-0.116
13.Cody Ware13.572-0.117
14.Corey LaJoie13.583-0.128
15.Ryan Preece13.587-0.132
16.Todd Gilliland13.592-0.137
17.Michael McDowell13.611-0.156
18.Kurt Busch13.617-0.162
19.Austin Dillon13.618-0.163
20.Christopher Bell13.626-0.171
21.Chris Buescher13.638-0.183
22.William Byron13.640-0.185
23.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.13.646-0.191
24.Erik Jones13.652-0.197
25.Alex Bowman13.660-0.205
26.Joey Logano13.677-0.222
27.Ty Dillon13.685-0.230
28.AJ Allmendinger13.716-0.261
29.Ross Chastain13.740-0.285
30.Martin Truex Jr.13.780-0.325
31.Aric Almirola13.820-0.365
32.Harrison Burton13.822-0.367
33.Brad Keselowski13.865-0.410
34.Austin Cindric14.021-0.566
35.BJ McLeod14.065-0.610
36.Bubba Wallace14.184-0.729
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