NXS: Erik Jones Fastest; Wallace, Menard & Burton Crash In Opening XFINITY Practice at Dover

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DOVER, Del. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America photo —

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Erik Jones paced the first NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday at Dover International Raceway. Jones toured the one-mile oval with a fast time of 22.699 seconds (158.597 mph) behind the wheel of his No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota.

He was followed closely in second spot by Richard Childress Racing driver Ty Dillon, who ran a fast time of 22.709 seconds (158.527 mph) driving his No. 3 Rheem Chevrolet. JGR driver Daniel Suarez, who is still seeking his first career series win, was third in the session (22.748 seconds/158.256 mph).

Matt Tifft, the driver of the No. 18 JGR Toyota this weekend, was fourth (22.769 seconds/158.110 mph), while JR Motorsports driver Alex Bowman, who is behind the wheel for the first time in 2016, rounded out the top-five in the No. 88 (23.060 seconds/156.114 mph).

Talladega winner Elliott Sadler was sixth driving for JR Motorsports, with Joey Logano and Brandon Jones finishing the top eight positions. Paul Menard, driving the No. 2 for RCR this weekend, was ninth and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top-10.

The session did not go without incident. Early on, Darrell Wallace Jr. hit the wall with his No. 6 LoudMouth Exhaust Ford and he ended up unloading a back-up car because of severe right-rear damage. Jeb Burton crashed off turn four in the middle of the session, pounding the front suspension of his No. 43 Rocky Ridge Custom Trucks Ford into the inside frontstretch wall. He also was forced to a back-up car.

The final incident involved Paul Menard, who although posted the ninth fastest time of the session, will not be driving that same car in Saturday’s race. Menard mentioned that something broke on the right-front suspension of his No. 2 and sent him straight into the turn three wall with the right-front. He will also roll out the back-up ride.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series has one more practice session on Friday, before unloading Saturday morning for qualifying at 10:30 a.m. ET. The race is scheduled to go green with the first of two “Dash 4 Cash” heat races, at 2 p.m. Saturday, live on Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SirusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.


RESULTS: NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice No. 1; Dover International Raceway; May 13, 2016:

  1. Erik Jones
  2. Ty Dillon
  3. Daniel Suarez
  4. Matt Tifft
  5. Alex Bowman
  6. Elliott Sadler
  7. Joey Logano
  8. Brandon Jones
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Justin Allgaier
  11. Brennan Poole
  12. Brendan Gaughan
  13. J.J. Yeley
  14. Ryan Sieg
  15. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  16. Jeb Burton
  17. Ross Chastain
  18. Jeremy Clements
  19. Justin Marks
  20. Ray Black Jr.
  21. Dakota Armstrong
  22. Ryan Reed
  23. Jeff Green
  24. Drew Herring
  25. Matt DiBenedetto
  26. Garrett Smithley
  27. Blake Koch
  28. Mario Gosselin
  29. B.J. McLeod
  30. Ryan Preece
  31. Travis Kvapil
  32. Morgan Shepherd
  33. Ryan Ellis
  34. Timmy Hill
  35. Joey Gase
  36. Carl Long
  37. Mike Harmon
  38. Josh Reaume
  39. Derrick Cope


About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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