Joe Gibbs Racing sweeps top 3 spots in 2nd Xfinity practice at Phoenix

Erik JonesOnce again on Friday at Phoenix International Racway, NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender,  Erik Jones – with a lap speed of 134.053 MPH – placed himself at the top of the scorning pylon at the end of the second Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 practice session.

Jones’ fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Daniel Suarez (133.889 MPH) and Kyle Busch (132.861 MPH) were second and third fastest respectively, while Ty Dillon (132.856) was fourth and ROTY contender Brandon Jones (132.763) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers were Brad Keselowski (132.758 MPH) who was the sixth, ROTY contender Brennan Poole (132.168) seventh, Justin Allgaier (132.018) eighth, Jeb Burton (131.815) ninth and Justin Marks (131.767) posting 10th.

Later today the teams will return for their “Happy Hour” (final) practice, which is slated to run from 5:30 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. (ET) and televised on FOX Sports 2.

Saturday at 11:45 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 the series will have their qualifying session to determine the starting lineup for that afternoon’s race, and it was last November (14th) that Kyle Busch set the new series qualifying track speed of 138.504 MPH at Phoenix Int’l Raceway.

The 12th annual Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 is scheduled to get started around 2:50 p.m. (ET) Saturday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the race.

Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 20 Erik Jones # 134.053 26.855 Leader 44
2 19 Daniel Suarez 133.889 26.888 -0.033 34
3 18 Kyle Busch (i) 132.861 27.096 -0.241 39
4 3 Ty Dillon 132.856 27.097 -0.242 67
5 33 Brandon Jones # 132.763 27.116 -0.261 50
6 22 Brad Keselowski (i) 132.758 27.117 -0.262 22
7 48 Brennan Poole # 132.168 27.238 -0.383 44
8 7 Justin Allgaier 132.018 27.269 -0.414 40
9 43 Jeb Burton 131.815 27.311 -0.456 31
10 42 Justin Marks 131.767 27.321 -0.466 48
11 88 Chase Elliott (i) 131.723 27.330 -0.475 41
12 62 Brendan Gaughan 131.651 27.345 -0.490 30
13 2 Austin Dillon (i) 131.377 27.402 -0.547 46
14 11 Blake Koch 131.349 27.408 -0.553 40
15 16 Ryan Reed 130.981 27.485 -0.630 38
16 1 Elliot Sadler 130.919 27.498 -0.643 42
17 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 130.876 27.507 -0.652 39
18 39 Ryan Sieg 130.157 27.659 -0.804 55
19 28 Dakoda Armstrong 129.683 27.760 -0.905 38
20 4 Ross Chastain 129.413 27.818 -0.963 27
21 51 Jeremy Clements 129.236 27.856 -1.001 12
22 01 Ryan Preece # 129.157 27.873 -1.018 25
23 24 TJ Bell 129.088 27.888 -1.033 40
24 25 Timmy Hill (i) 129.088 27.888 -1.033 33
25 89 Morgan Shepherd 129.000 27.907 -1.052 7
26 14 JJ Yeley 128.585 27.997 -1.142 30
27 21 Spencer Gallagher (i) 128.484 28.019 -1.164 33
28 93 Dylan Lupton 128.292 28.061 -1.206 31
29 10 Jeff Green 128.105 28.102 -1.247 9
30 52 Joey Gase 127.959 28.134 -1.279 24
31 44 David Starr 127.900 28.147 -1.292 40
32 07 Ray Black Jr 127.718 28.187 -1.332 12
33 0 Garrett Smithley # 127.596 28.214 -1.359 30
34 90 Mario Gosselin 127.348 28.269 -1.414 29
35 13 DJ Kennington 126.989 28.349 -1.494 15
36 97 Harrison Rhodes 126.649 28.425 -1.570 19
37 78 BJ McLeod 125.826 28.611 -1.756 10
38 40 Josh Reaume 125.335 28.723 -1.868 29
39 70 Derrike Cope 124.185 28.989 -2.134 12
40 99 Todd Peck 123.465 29.158 -2.303 18
41 74 Mike Harmon 109.796 32.788 -5.933 2
42 15 Ryan Ellis 0.000 0.000 26.855 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

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