Paul Menard fastest in Nationwide First Practice.

Pocono 400 - PracticeSprint Cup interlopers Paul Menard, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano led the way in the first Nationwide Series practice session at Michigan International Speedway ahead of Saturday’s 250-mile undercard.

Menard posted a lap of 190.411 miles per hour in the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to take top honors in the first of two N’Wide practices today at MIS.

Larson, who drives for Turner Scott Motorsports in N’Wide, wasn’t too far behind Menard with a lap of 189.514 mph in the No. 42 Chevy. Behind him was Team Penske’s Joey Logano at 189.459 mph in the No. 22 Ford.

A pair of N’Wide regulars, rookie Chase Elliott and RCR’s Brian Scott, completed the Top 5 speeds. Elliott got up to 189.354 mph on his best lap, while Scott posted a lap of 189.011 mph.

Two more Cup competitors were also quick this morning in N’Wide, with Kyle Busch in P6 (188.952) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in P8 (188.783). Earnhardt is running a special eBay-backed No. 88 JR Motorsports car for Saturday’s race.

The N’Wide group will have one more practice today from 2 to 3:25 p.m. ET. Qualifying will take place tomorrow morning at 10:40 a.m. ET.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 First Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind
1 33 Paul Menard* (i) 190.411 37.813 Leader
2 42 Kyle Larson(i) 189.514 37.992 -0.179
3 22 Joey Logano(i) 189.459 38.003 -0.190
4 9 Chase Elliott # 189.354 38.024 -0.211
5 2 Brian Scott 189.011 38.093 -0.280
6 54 Kyle Busch(i) 188.952 38.105 -0.292
7 62 Brendan Gaughan 188.862 38.123 -0.310
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr* (i) 188.783 38.139 -0.326
9 6 Trevor Bayne 188.393 38.218 -0.405
10 60 Chris Buescher # 188.339 38.229 -0.416
11 3 Ty Dillon # 188.289 38.239 -0.426
12 80 Ross Chastain* (i) 188.117 38.274 -0.461
13 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 188.024 38.293 -0.480
14 11 Elliot Sadler 187.999 38.298 -0.485
15 20 Sam Hornish Jr 187.847 38.329 -0.516
16 16 Ryan Reed # 187.232 38.455 -0.642
17 39 Ryan Sieg # 186.819 38.540 -0.727
18 7 Regan Smith 186.422 38.622 -0.809
19 99 James Buescher 185.835 38.744 -0.931
20 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 185.323 38.851 -1.038
21 44 Blake Koch 185.023 38.914 -1.101
22 19 Mike Bliss 184.852 38.950 -1.137
23 28 J.J. Yeley 184.772 38.967 -1.154
24 40 Josh Wise(i) 184.379 39.050 -1.237
25 01 Landon Cassill 184.360 39.054 -1.241
26 14 Jeff Green 184.091 39.111 -1.298
27 55 Jamie Dick 183.969 39.137 -1.324
28 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 183.617 39.212 -1.399
29 51 Jeremy Clements 182.866 39.373 -1.560
30 67 Benny Gordon* 181.781 39.608 -1.795
31 17 Tanner Berryhill* 181.708 39.624 -1.811
32 23 Ryan Ellis 181.059 39.766 -1.953
33 93 Harrison Rhodes 180.537 39.881 -2.068
34 76 Tommy Joe Martins* # 180.230 39.949 -2.136
35 13 Carl Long* 180.126 39.972 -2.159
36 70 Derrike Cope* 180.081 39.982 -2.169
37 52 Joey Gase 177.791 40.497 -2.684
38 74 Mike Harmon* 175.204 41.095 -3.282
39 46 Matt DiBenedetto* 175.191 41.098 -3.285
40 89 Morgan Shepherd* 171.404 42.006 -4.193
41 87 Joe Nemechek(i) 170.794 42.156 -4.343
42 10 Kevin Lepage 0.000 0.000 37.813
43 72 Matther Carter 0.000 0.000 37.813

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series, # – Rookie, * Required to Qualify on Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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