NNS PRACTICE: Ryan Blaney Sweeps Homestead Drills; Leads Nationwide Happy Hour

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — official release — Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America photo —

Continuing his high speeds from the first practice, Ryan Blaney soared to the top of the leaderboard on his 39th lap as he rounded Homestead-Miami Speedway at a speed of 168.240 mph, the fastest lap of the final practice on Friday. Blaney also led the opening session at the South Florida track.

Nationwide Series rookie Ty Dillon was second-fastest at 168.072 mph.

Kyle Busch (167.105 mph), Elliott Sadler (166.883 mph) and Kyle Larson (166.847 mph) round out the top-five fastest on the leaderboard.

Defending race winner Brad Keselowski recorded a speed of 166.512 mph on his first lap, making him ninth-fastest of the run.

Chase Elliott, who already clinched the Nationwide Series championship title last week at Phoenix, was 14th-fastest (165.970 mph) in the opening session. Elliott is the youngest national series champion in NASCAR history.

The Nationwide Series returns to the track Saturday at 1:15 p.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. Switch over to ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m. ET tomorrow for the Ford EcoBoost 300.

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