NXS: He’s Back… Kyle Busch Goes to the Top in Opening XFINITY Practice at Pocono

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LONG POND, Pa. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR photo —

A few weeks off from competition in the NASCAR XFINITY Series doesn’t mean anything to Kyle Busch. He simply picks up right where he left off.

Busch led the way in the series’ opening and first-ever practice at Pocono Raceway on Thursday afternoon, jumping to the top of the speed charts in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

The former series champion and all-time series wins leader toured the ‘Tricky Triangle’ with a fast time of 52.888 seconds (170.171 mph), beating out his teammate Erik Jones for the top honors.

Jones, who is a two-time winner already this season and has locked himself into the 2016 Chase for the XFINITY Series Championship, ran a fast lap of 53.013 seconds (169.770 mph) to slot in second overall.

Paul Menard was third fastest in the opening session with a lap of 53.216 seconds (169.122 mph), while JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier toured the oval with the fourth fastest time (53.279/168.922).

Ty Dillon, a series regular who is still searching his first victory of the season, rounded out the top-five (53.390/168.571).

Daniel Suarez was sixth, while Alex Bowman ended up seventh in his return to JR Motorsports’ No. 88 Chevrolet. Brennan Poole, Elliott Sadler and Kyle Larson were the balance of the top-10.

JD Motorsports driver Ryan Preece, who arrived in Pocono early this morning after finishing second in the SK Modified division at Thompson Speedway on Wednesday night, was 22nd in practice.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to the track for their second practice for Saturday’s race at 4 p.m. ET.


RESULTS: NASCAR XFINITY Series; First Practice; Pocono Raceway; June 2, 2016

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Erik Jones
  3. Paul Menard
  4. Justin Allgaier
  5. Ty Dillon
  6. Daniel Suarez
  7. Alex Bowman
  8. Brennan Poole
  9. Elliott Sadler
  10. Kyle Larson
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Brandon Jones
  13. Brendan Gaughan
  14. Aric Almirola
  15. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  16. J.J Yeley
  17. Ryan Sieg
  18. Ross Chastain
  19. Blake Koch
  20. Ryan Reed
  21. Jeremy Clements
  22. Ryan Preece
  23. Dakota Armstrong
  24. Garrett Smithley
  25. Brandon Gdovic
  26. Alex Guenette
  27. Ray Black Jr.
  28. Mario Gosselin
  29. Morgan Shepherd
  30. Joey Gase
  31. 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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