Busch’s average lap speed of 171.261 mph, set at the end of the 55-minute session at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, topped William Byron (170.703 mph) and Aric Almirola (170.065 mph).

Busch, who drives the No. 1 for Chip Ganassi Racing, has made 22 career starts at Darlington without a victory. His best finish is a pair of thirds (2017 and 2010).

Alex Bowman ended up fourth and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top-five.

Completing the top-10 were Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Paul Menard and .

Brad Keselowski, who won this race a year ago, ended up 19th-fastest.

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