Blaney tops Nationwide First Practices

Ryan+Blaney+Texas+Motor+Speedway+Day+3+obNe20YgtmflAfter a week off for Easter, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) returned to action Thursday as they took to the short track at Richmond International Raceway for their first ToyotaCare 250 practice session. And, at the top of the speed chart at the end of the session was Ryan Blaney, with a lap speed of 122.421 m.p.h.

Blaney was followed by Regan Smith, with a lap speed of 122.388 m.p.h., who was second quickest, Trevor Bayne (121.660 m.p.h.) third, Kyle Larson (121.649) fourth and series Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Ty Dillon (121.622) was fifth quickest.

The current series points leader, Chase Elliott (121.561 m.p.h.) put up the sixth quickest lap speed, while James Buescher (121.479) was seventh, Brian Scott (121.359) eighth, ROTY candidate Dakoda Armstrong (121.316) ninth and Kevin Harvick (121.310) rounding out the top ten.

2014 NNS ToyotaCare 250 First Practice Session Speeds:

Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 22 Ryan Blaney(i) 122.421 22.055 Leader 25
2 7 Regan Smith 122.388 22.061 -0.006 23
3 6 Trevor Bayne 121.660 22.193 -0.138 25
4 42 Kyle Larson(i) 121.649 22.195 -0.140 39
5 3 Ty Dillon # 121.622 22.200 -0.145 38
6 9 Chase Elliott # 121.561 22.211 -0.156 47
7 99 James Buescher 121.479 22.226 -0.171 20
8 2 Brian Scott 121.359 22.248 -0.193 23
9 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 121.316 22.256 -0.201 40
10 5 Kevin Harvick(i) 121.310 22.257 -0.202 21
11 54 Kyle Busch(i) 121.071 22.301 -0.246 12
12 60 Chris Buescher # 120.676 22.374 -0.319 30
13 33 Cale Conley(i) 120.455 22.415 -0.360 41
14 20 Daniel Suarez Garza 120.428 22.420 -0.365 39
15 19 Mike Bliss 120.417 22.422 -0.367 23
16 01 Landon Cassill 120.391 22.427 -0.372 5
17 16 Ryan Reed # 120.315 22.441 -0.386 41
18 11 Elliot Sadler 120.027 22.495 -0.440 17
19 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 119.835 22.531 -0.476 46
20 44 Blake Koch 119.792 22.539 -0.484 25
21 39 Ryan Sieg # 119.564 22.582 -0.527 34
22 62 Brendan Gaughan 119.137 22.663 -0.608 32
23 28 J.J. Yeley 118.985 22.692 -0.637 18
24 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 118.702 22.746 -0.691 12
25 93 Mike Wallace 118.224 22.838 -0.783 11
26 14 Eric McClure 117.863 22.908 -0.853 15
27 86 Joe Nemechek*(i) 117.745 22.931 -0.876 13
28 40 Josh Wise(i) 117.565 22.966 -0.911 8
29 52 Joey Gase 117.565 22.966 -0.911 16
30 70 Derrike Cope* 117.188 23.040 -0.985 16
31 87 Kevin Lepage 116.873 23.102 -1.047 10
32 17 Tanner Berryhill* # 116.656 23.145 -1.090 2
33 51 Jeremy Clements 116.555 23.165 -1.110 8
34 13 Derek White* 155.642 23.348 -1.293 28
35 76 Tommy Joe Martins* # 115.040 23.470 -1.415 11
36 23 Josh Reaume* 114.689 23.542 -1.487 32
37 55 Jimmy Weller III(i) 114.562 23.568 -1.513 12
38 74 Mike Harmon* 112.103 24.085 -2.030 11
39 10 Jeff Green No Time Set No Time Set No Time Set 0
40 46 Matt DiBenedetto No Time Set No Time Set No Time Set 0

(i) Ineligble for Driver Points in this Series; # Denotes Rookie; * Required to Qualify on Time

 

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