Brendan Gaughan was the quickest in Nationwide Series first practice at Chicagoland

Brendan+Gaughan+Kansas+Motor+Speedway+Day+dc_zsxRjPiglBrendan Gaughan, with a lap speed of 178.601mph, was the quickest during Friday’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) practice session for Saturday afternoon’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Second quickest was Kyle Busch with a lap speed 177.854mph, and he was followed by Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Dylan Kwasniewski (177.515) who was third, Brian Scott (177.206) fourth and ROTY candidate Chris Buescher (177.165) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten quickest drivers in the session were Kevin Harvick (177.142mph) who was sixth, ROTY candidate Chase Elliott (176.956) seventh, Aric Almirola (176.869) eighth, Denny Hamlin (176.777) ninth and Kyle Larson (176.678) posting tenth.

Weather permitting, the teams will return to the track later this afternoon for their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm (ET) before returning Saturday afternoon for qualifying at 12:15 pm (ET). The current series qualifying track record at Chicagoland is 186.438mph, set by Ryan Newman on July 9, 2005.

The 14th annual Freaky Fast 300 has an approximate starting time of 3:50 pm (ET) Saturday afternoon, and television coverage provided by ESPN2 beginning at 3:30 pm (ET).

Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 62 Brendan Gaughan 178.601 30.235 Leader 22
2 54 Kyle Busch(i) 177.854 30.362 -0.127 11
3 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 177.515 30.420 -0.185 26
4 2 Brian Scott 177.206 30.473 -0.238 24
5 60 Chris Buescher # 177.165 30.480 -0.245 26
6 5 Kevin Harvick* (i) 177.142 30.484 -0.249 25
7 9 Chase Elliott # 176.956 30.516 -0.281 41
8 98 Aric Almirola* (i) 176.869 30.531 -0.296 12
9 20 Denny Hamlin (i) 176.777 30.547 -0.312 21
10 42 Kyle Larson(i) 176.678 30.564 -0.329 27
11 22 Ryan Blaney(i) 176.523 30.591 -0.356 20
12 33 Paul Menard* (i) 176.407 30.611 -0.376 19
13 6 Trevor Bayne 176.390 30.614 -0.379 27
14 3 Ty Dillon # 176.010 30.680 -0.445 36
15 11 Elliot Sadler 175.999 30.682 -0.447 22
16 99 James Buescher 175.867 30.705 -0.470 26
17 7 Regan Smith 175.393 30.788 -0.553 21
18 55 Brennan Newberry (i) 174.678 30.914 -0.679 8
19 29 Daniel Suarez Garza* 174.531 30.940 -0.705 26
20 16 Ryan Reed # 174.441 30.956 -0.721 22
21 19 Mike Bliss 174.188 31.001 -0.766 27
22 39 Ryan Sieg # 174.182 31.001 -0.766 23
23 80 Ross Chastain* (i) 173.823 31.066 -0.831 20
24 01 Landon Cassill 173.594 31.107 -0.872 14
25 93 Kevin Swindell 173.427 31.137 -0.902 22
26 14 Eric McClure 173.366 31.148 -0.913 25
27 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 172.552 31.295 -1.060 26
28 51 Jeremy Clements 172.381 31.326 -1.091 15
29 44 Will Kimmel III 172.166 31.365 -1.130 26
30 28 J.J. Yeley 172.155 31.367 -1.132 10
31 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 171.690 31.452 -1.217 13
32 90 Martin Roy* 170.967 31.585 -1.350 33
33 40 Matt DiBenedetto 170.751 31.625 -1.390 17
34 17 Tanner Berryhill* 170.229 31.722 -1.487 12
35 70 Derrike Cope* 169.945 31.775 -1.540 10
36 13 Carl Long* 169.529 31.853 -1.618 5
37 46 Ryan Ellis 169.120 31.930 -1.695 12
38 23 Cody Ware 168.834 31.984 -1.749 29
39 10 Blake Koch* 167.796 32.182 -1.947 8
40 52 Joey Gase 167.634 32.213 -1.978 19
41 74 Mike Harmon* 167.167 32.303 -2.068 4
42 89 Morgan Shepherd* 163.865 32.954 -2.719 3
43 72 John Jackson* 149.838 36.039 -5.804 15
44 87 Josh Reaume 84.322 64.040 -33.805 1

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

 

 

 

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