NXS: Kyle Busch Paces Opening XFINITY Series Practice at Indianapolis

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Busch will hope to score his second straight NASCAR XFINITY Series victory tomorrow afternoon. (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images North America photo)

INDIANAPOLIS —

NASCAR XFINITY Series part-time driver Kyle Busch paced the first of two practice sessions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday in blistering hot conditions.

Busch, behind the wheel of his No. 18 NOS Energy Drinks Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, toured the Indy oval with a fast lap of 49.713 seconds (181.039 mph) — a lap that was .4 faster than any of his other competition.

He was followed by JR Motorsports driver Elliott Sadler, who drove his One Main Financial No. 1 to the second fastest lap time of the early afternoon session 50.287 seconds/178.973 mph).

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suarez was third (50.507 seconds/178.193 mph), while Kevin Harvick, who returns to the XFINITY Series with JR Motorsports this weekend, was fourth (50.540 seconds/178.077 mph). Rounding out the top-five was fellow JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier, who posted a fast lap of 50.651 seconds/177.687 mph).

Erik Jones, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, was sixth on the board in the opening practice session. Jones’ speed of 177.487 mph completed a sweep of the top-six positions by the Joe Gibbs and JR Motorsports teams. Paul Menard and Ty Dillon were the fastest Richard Childress Racing cars in seventh and eighth, while Brennan Poole and Kyle Larson, Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series winner at Eldora, completed the top-10.

The XFINITY Series returns to the track at 3 p.m. ET, with the final practice for Saturday’s 5th Annual Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

RESULTS: NASCAR XFINITY Series First Practice; Indianapolis Motor Speedway; July 22, 2016

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Elliott Sadler
  3. Daniel Suarez
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Justin Allgaier
  6. Erik Jones
  7. Paul Menard
  8. Ty Dillon
  9. Brennan Poole
  10. Kyle Larson
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  13. Jeb Burton
  14. Ryan Reed
  15. Ryan Sieg
  16. Brandon Jones
  17. JJ Yeley
  18. Blake Koch
  19. Dakota Armstrong
  20. Jeremy Clements
  21. Brendan Gaughan
  22. Ross Chastain
  23. Brandon Gdovic
  24. Matt DiBenedetto
  25. David Starr
  26. Jeff Green
  27. Ryan Preece
  28. Garrett Smithley
  29. Ray Black Jr.
  30. Derrick Cope
  31. TJ Bell
  32. Timmy Hill
  33. Morgan Shepherd
  34. BJ McLeod
  35. Harrison Rhodes
  36. Joey Gase
  37. Ryan Ellis
  38. Mario Gosselin
  39. Stanton Barrett
  40. Todd Peck

 

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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