Kyle Busch fastest in first Nationwide practice at Kentucky

kyle-busch-grimThursday evening at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch, with a lap speed of 174.729 m.p.h., was the fastest during the first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) practice session for Friday night’s John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300.

Ryan Blaney was second fastest with a lap speed of 174.498 m.p.h., and was followed by Brian Scott (174.441 m.p.h.) who was third, Paul Menard (174.419) fourth and Corey Lajoie (174.329) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten fastest drivers in the session were Kyle Larson (174.025 m.p.h.) who was sixth, Kevin Harvick (174.003) seventh, ROTY candidate Ty Dillon (173.924) eighth, last week’s Road America winner, Brendan Gaughan (173.907) ninth and Brad Keselowski (173.455) posting tenth.

The teams will return to the track on Friday for their “Happy Hour” (final) practice session from 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. (ET) before they qualify at 3:40 p.m. (ET) in the afternoon to determine the starting lineup for that evening’s race.

The 14th annual John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 is scheduled to get under way around 8:20 p.m. (ET) Friday night, and ESPN will provide television coverage beginning with their 7:30 p.m. (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 54 Kyle Busch(i) 174.729 30.905 Leader 34
2 12 Ryan Blaney* (i) 174.498 30.946 -0.041 21
3 2 Brian Scott 174.441 30.956 -0.051 30
4 33 Paul Menard* (i) 174.419 30.960 -0.055 33
5 98 Corey Lajoie* (i) 174.329 30.976 -0.071 21
6 42 Kyle Larson(i) 174.025 31.030 -0.125 38
7 5 Kevin Harvick* (i) 174.003 31.034 -0.129 28
8 3 Ty Dillon # 173.924 31.048 -0.143 29
9 62 Brendan Gaughan 173.907 31.051 -0.146 21
10 22 Brad Keselowski (i) 173.455 31.132 -0.227 21
11 9 Chase Elliott # 173.433 31.136 -0.231 29
12 11 Elliot Sadler 173.210 31.176 -0.271 27
13 20 Matt Kenseth(i) 172.961 31.221 -0.316 29
14 19 Mike Bliss 172.667 31.274 -0.369 23
15 16 Ryan Reed # 172.590 31.288 -0.383 30
16 7 Regan Smith 172.397 31.323 -0.418 25
17 6 Trevor Bayne 172.210 31.357 -0.452 32
18 39 Ryan Sieg # 171.914 31.411 -0.506 22
19 60 Chris Buescher # 171.827 31.427 -0.522 33
20 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 171.603 31.468 -0.563 31
21 46 Matt DiBenedetto* 171.565 31.475 -0.570 4
22 01 Landon Cassill 171.516 31.484 -0.579 23
23 99 James Buescher 170.929 31.592 -0.687 27
24 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 170.433 31.684 -0.779 14
25 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 170.428 31.685 -0.780 32
26 51 Jeremy Clements 170.363 31.697 -0.792 16
27 84 Chad Boat* # 170.283 31.712 -0.807 27
28 44 Blake Koch 170.148 31.737 -0.832 25
29 28 J.J. Yeley 169.763 31.809 -0.904 26
30 25 John Wes Townley* (i) 169.710 31.819 -0.914 16
31 10 Jeff Green* 168.908 31.970 -1.065 4
32 14 Eric McClure 168.898 31.972 -1.067 28
33 55 Jamie Dick 168.555 32.037 -1.132 23
34 93 Kevin Lepage 168.052 32.133 -1.228 26
35 76 Tommy Joe Martins* # 167.994 32.144 -1.239 17
36 86 Jake Clum* 167.650 32.210 -1.305 19
37 40 Josh Wise(i) 167.509 32.237 -1.332 13
38 17 Tanner Berryhill* # 167.354 32.267 -1.362 17
39 70 Derrike Cope* 167.214 32.294 -1.389 12
40 52 Joey Gase 165.416 32.645 -1.740 13
41 90 Martin Roy* 164.966 32.734 -1.829 21
42 74 Kevin Lepage* 164.474 32.832 -1.927 11
43 23 Josh Reaume 163.731 32.981 -2.076 16
44 87 Joe Nemechek(i) 161.103 33.519 -2.614 33
45 13 Carl Long 0.000 0.000 30.905 0
46 72 Matther Carter* 0.000 0.000 30.905 0
47 89 Morgan Shepherd 0.000 0.000 30.905 0

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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