Throughout the humid day, no driver in the Cup, Xfinity or K&N Pro Series East division was willing to venture on the high side of the track.
"I'm very excited to be back in a K&N auto this weekend at Bristol", said Tullman.
"If not, we'll just have to play games with our computer and figure out what's going to be best on Sunday".
Despite his strong effort Friday, Kyle Busch said a bigger test awaits.
"That was different", he said with a laugh.
Kurt Busch said he messed up in turn one, which cost him a shot at a second straight Cup Series pole.
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"We've had fast racecars there for a stretch, but different things have happened that have kept us from being able to finish those races off", Busch added. The balance of the top 12 qualifiers were: Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, Alex Bowman, Michael McDowell, Joey Logano, and Daniel Suarez. Harvick's suspension broke on a practice lap in the morning and his vehicle took a right turn into the outside wall.
Series champion Martin Truex, Jr. was tenth in practice with Darrell "Bubba" Wallace in the STP Chevrolet placing 21st in practice. The green flag for the race was previously scheduled to wave at 2:13 p.m./et, but NASCAR bumped it back an hour to 1:13 p.m./et due to the threat of rain on Sunday. (26th), Ryan Newman (30th) and Jamie McMurray (31st) surprisingly failed to transfer beyond the first round.
"It was just congested". "And then we finally got back on track last August".
Most drivers waited until the final five minutes to make an attempt in the first of the three qualifying rounds, while not a single driver went on the track in the first seven minutes of the second session.
Chad Finchum of Knoxville, Tennessee, qualified 38th in his Cup debut.
"While I've never raced at Bristol, I've talked to a lot of my friends that have and I know that handling is just as crucial to speed and comfort".