Only 19 of the 40 starting race participants chose to participate in the session, which began due to the early morning downpour.
However, Fords – as during the week – continued to lead with rookie Harrison Burton, who showed the highest average lap speed (188.355 mph), participating in a draft with other Ford drivers in the middle of the session.
“He feels ready,” Burton said of his Ford № 21, which was injured in Thursday’s qualifying race. “It’s just the testimony of these Wood Brothers guys. We hit pretty hard (Joey Lagana) and we had to redo the whole front of the race car.
“It took us a whole day yesterday – not in a hurry and, obviously, everything is correct. We have good speed. The management seems pretty good. It’s hard to tell until you’re out.
“A real big pack is always different from a pack of four people (cars), so I try to convey as much information as possible.”
Joey Lagana, who was already in the spare car due to an accident in the second qualifying race on Thursday night, was second fastest (188.323 mph) and Austin Cindrick was third (188..264 mph). Kevin Harwick was fourth and Chase Briscoe was fifth.
In total, Ford drivers took the top eight positions, but several Toyota and Chevrolet teams decided not to participate.
Coming to the top 10 middle speeds were Ryan Blaney, Cole Custer, Arik Almirola, Daniel Hamrick and Justin Haley.