HAMPTON, Va. – By John Tejada, NASCAR — Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Scott Heckert saved the best for last during Saturday’s 90-minute NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice session at Langley Speedway.
The 20-year-old Ridgefield, Connecticut, native jumped to the top of the speed chart late with a 16.033 second (88.917 mph) lap around the .396-mile slightly banked oval. Heckert is looking to rebound from a disappointing performance last time out in Pensacola, Florida, where a crash ended his night early, relegating the young driver to a 17th place finish.
NASCAR Next alum Cameron Hayley was second quickest in practice with a fast lap of 16.043 seconds (88.861 mph). Series points leader Ben Rhodes, who spent the majority of the session atop the charts, slotted in third with at 16.069 seconds (88.717 mph). He was followed by rookie Nick Drake at 16.083 seconds (88.640 mph) and NASCAR Drive for Diversity pilot Sergio Peña at 16.105 seconds (88.519 mph). Peña won this event in 2011 and is the only driver on the entry list with a series victory at Langley Speedway.
Eddie MacDonald, Gray Gaulding, Brennan Newberry, Kenzie Ruston and Brandon Gdovic completed the top-10 practice performers. The top twenty drivers in the field were separated by .395 seconds.
Rain showers early in the day threatened to delay the start of practice, but the track and mother nature worked together to get the surface ready for racing.
Qualifying for the Visit Hampton 175 is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and the green flag for the race is set to wave at approximately 8 p.m.