Trouble For Truex & Bowman In Final ROVAL Practice

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Elliott's average lap speed of 102.101 miles per hour knocked Martin Truex Jr. (P) at 102.009 miles per hour, but Truex was the first driver to find trouble.

About eight minutes into the session, Truex slowed approaching the backstretch chicane and blew the engine after missing a shift, going from second to first-gear.

UP NEXT: Bank of America Roval 400 at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday. He will now have to start at the rear of the field Sunday afternoon, although he's won the first two races of this round and will advance to the Round of 12. "We had a good vehicle".

"We had a good auto, we had a good qualifying effort (eighth)". I apologize to them. "I don't know if it was just an issue that was right there on the edge and I just screwed it up a little bit that one time, but we'll have to look at it a little bit further".

However, Bowman spun in-between Turns 3 and 4 with 40 seconds left in final practice. He hit the tire barriers with the right side of his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and the No. 88 team wasted no time in pulling out the backup vehicle.

Bowman's damage means the No. 88 will move to a backup auto and he will have to start the race from the rear of the field.

The damage was too severe to be repaired, forcing Bowman's team to pull out a backup auto. Denny Hamlin and Parker Kligerman, both of whom crashed and went to backup cars earlier in the weekend, will also start at the rear of the field.

Bowman's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson also had issues in final practice, with the driver of the No. 48 losing control of his auto entering turn five. He backed his vehicle into a tire barrier, but his crew chose to fix the damage rather than prepare a backup auto.

Austin Dillon also spun in the same area, but didn't hit anything.

Chase Elliott turned the fastest lap in final practice, topping the charts with an 81.801-second lap. Behind Elliott and Truex were Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Michael McDowell.

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