Series champion Martin Truex, Jr. was tenth in practice with Darrell "Bubba" Wallace in the STP Chevrolet placing 21st in practice. Former Bristol winners Kyle Busch (128.934 mph) and Kasey Kahne (128.830 mph) rounded out the top-five.
Truex's No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota ran a lap of 15.265 seconds at 125.765 miles per hour in the first round of qualifying Friday on the half-mile high-banked oval. Fellow Georgia native Chase Elliott (127.073 mph) posted the second quickest lap in the practice. Ragan's Front Row Motorsports teammate Michael McDowell (126.295 mph) finished the session in fifth.
The No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team had pulled the backup vehicle off the hauler after Busch spun off Turn 2 with less than 10 minutes to go in final practice.
To get the pole for Sunday's 500-lapper, Busch had to ease past brother Kurt, who was second fastest in qualifying at BMS.
"We made a decision to move the race to a 1 p.m. start after discussing the forecast scenarios with our team of meteorologists, NASCAR and our television partner", said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Food City 500 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon (April 15). SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have PRN's broadcast.