**UPDATE** Justin Allgaier has indeed been forced to go to a backup car for qualifying which is currently underway.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session prior to Friday’s qualifying was one that caused headaches for some teams. After a couple of incidents multiple cars ended up with damage, three of which were forced to go to backup cars for qualifying.
As noted earlier on Beyond The Flag, Danica Patrick collided with Parker Kligerman only three laps into the practice session. The result of this forced Patrick into a backup car and caused some damage to the right side of Kligerman’s car. Luckily for Kligerman, his crew was able to work on the car and thus far it doesn’t appear that he will require a backup car.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch.
Busch and Biffle both damaged their cars in separate incidents. In both instances no other cars were involved. Both drivers suffered extensive right rear damage when they lost control of their cars coming out of turns and smashed their right-rears into the outside wall. Busch and Biffle damaged their cars enough to where both will go with their backup cars for the rest of the weekend.
For the sake of Busch hopefully they can tune that backup car well. Bush is tied with his brother Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon for the most wins at Bristol among active drivers (five).
Some of the other cars that were damaged during practice today were those of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier. Neither Stenhouse or Allgaier sustained enough damage to require them to use their backup cars.
It wasn’t bad news for everybody though. When practice was over Kurt Busch sat atop of the leader board for the fastest time. Busch was followed closely by Jeff Gordon. Busch and Gordon should be favorites heading into the race on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if their practice speed translates to good qualifying speeds later on.
Be sure to check back later for the results of qualifying.