Matt Tifft fastest in final Xfinity Series practice

Matt TifftFriday afternoon at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), it was Matt Tifft – with a lap speed of 181.918 MPH, who was the fastest Friday afternoon in the final NXS Sparks Energy 300 practice session at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (TSS).

Second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 180.515 MPH was Ty Dillon, and he was followed by series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Brandon Jones (180.346 MPH) who was third, Daniel Suarez (180.220) fourth and Jeremy Clements (179.801) was fifth.

ROTY candidate, Ray Black Jr. (179.767 MPH) was sixth-fastest, while Austin Dillon (179.669) was seventh, ROTY candidate Erik Jones (179.598) eighth, Jeb Burton (179.541) ninth and Elliott Sadler (179.430) posting the top-10 fastest lap speed.

The series returns to the track Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1 for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for that afternoon’s race.

The 25th annual Sparks Energy 300 is scheduled to get underway around 3:20 p.m. (ET) Saturday afternoon on FOX.

Sparks Energy 300 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 18 Matt Tifft (i) 181.918 52.639 Leader 10
2 3 Ty Dillon 181.515 52.756 -0.117 5
3 33 Brandon Jones # 180.346 53.098 -0.459 9
4 19 Daniel Suarez 180.305 53.110 -0.471 15
5 51 Jeremy Clements 179.801 53.259 -0.620 17
6 07 Ray Black Jr 179.767 53.269 -0.630 9
7 2 Austin Dillon (i) 179.669 53.298 -0.659 11
8 20 Erik Jones # 179.598 53.319 -0.680 8
9 43 Jeb Burton 179.541 53.336 -0.697 11
10 1 Elliot Sadler 179.430 53.369 -0.730 18
11 11 Blake Koch 179.135 53.457 -0.818 8
12 16 Ryan Reed 179.111 53.464 -0.825 8
13 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 178.407 53.675 -1.036 11
14 48 Brennan Poole # 177.824 53.851 -1.212 2
15 98 Aric Almirola (i) 177.544 53.936 -1.297 7
16 39 Ryan Sieg 177.314 54.006 -1.367 15
17 28 Dakoda Armstrong 176.650 54.209 -1.570 5
18 70 Derrike Cope 176.432 54.276 -1.637 5
19 42 Justin Marks 176.402 54.285 -1.646 5
20 13 John Jackson 176.256 54.330 -1.691 11
21 85 Bobby Gerhart 176.130 54.369 -1.730 5
22 89 Morgan Shepherd 176.039 54.397 -1.758 2
23 24 Brandon McReynolds 176.007 54.407 -1.768 12
24 14 Benny Gordon 175.813 54.467 -1.828 17
25 25 Chris Cockrum 175.629 54.524 -1.885 2
26 40 Carl Long 175.491 54.567 -1.928 14
27 97 Ryan Ellis 174.901 54.751 -2.112 5
28 93 Josh Wise (i) 174.872 54.760 -2.121 11
29 52 Joey Gase 173.215 55.284 -2.645 10
30 90 Mario Gosselin 173.196 55.290 -2.651 2
31 15 Travis Kvapil (i) 171.607 55.802 -3.163 14
32 74 Mike Harmon 170.198 56.264 -3.625 2
33 22 Joey Logano (i) 153.787 62.268 -9.629 1
34 0 Garrett Smithley # 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
35 4 Ross Chastain 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
36 7 Justin Allgaier 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
37 10 Jeff Green 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
38 44 JJ Yeley 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
39 62 Brendan Gaughan 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
40 78 BJ McLeod 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
41 88 Chase Elliott (i) 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
42 01 Ryan Preece # 0.000 0.000 52.639 0
43 05 John Wes Townley (i) 0.000 0.000 52.639 0

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

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