NEWTON, Iowa — Cole Custer knocked Christopher Bell off the top spot with around five minutes to go in final XFINITY practice at Iowa.
Custer’s time of 23.834 seconds (132.864 mph) was the fastest on the day as one of three drivers Friday who ran a sub-24 second lap throughout both practice sessions. Custer is a former Iowa winner where he scored his first K&N Series victory there in August 2013.
Christopher Bell turned his fastest lap early in the session at 23.973 seconds (131.398 mph) in his No. 20 ToyotaCare Toyota. Bell is running double-duty for the first time in his NASCAR career this weekend.
Blake Koch was third quick (130.939 mph) and quickest among the Chevrolets with quasi-Richard Childress Racing teammates Brandon Jones (fourth) and Ben Kennedy (fifth) rounding out the top-five. Kennedy returns to the No. 2 car after a top-five finish in May at Talladega.
Positions fifth through eighth features rookies Kennedy, William Byron (130.64 mph), Matt Tifft (130.494 mph) and Pocono pole-sitter Kyle Benjamin (130.408 mph). Brennan Poole slotted in ninth (130.402) while returning to a track where he finished fourth at last July.
The only former series winner in the top-10 was Sam Hornish Jr. in 10th (130.354 mph).
Friday’s final practice concludes all on-track activity for the day but the cars and stars of the NASCAR XFINITY Series return to Iowa Speedway Saturday evening for qualifying before the American Ethanol E15 250.
Full practice results can be viewed on the next page…