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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Elliott Sadler win Aaron’s 312 Nationwide race at Talladega

10155225_10152386741134594_2749780209202488336_nAfter a 3-lap dash to the finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway, it was Elliott Sadler holding off the field to win his first NNS race of the season.

This was Sadler’s tenth series career win and his first series win at Talladega Superspeedway.

David Starr had been able to get in front of JR Motorsports’ trio of drivers (Smith, Elliott and Kasey Kahne) in the short green run that began with 14 to go, but lost the lead to Elliott right before the race went yellow for Boat’s wreck.

Following Sadler to the drop of the checkered flag (by 0.124 sec.) for second was series Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Chris Buescher, and he was followed by Regan Smith finishing third, David Ragan fourth and pole-sitter Sam Hornish Jr., fifth.

Seasoned veteran driver, Joe Nemechek, brought home sixth-place, while J.J. Yeley took seventh, Landon Cassill eighth, David Starr ninth and Trevor Bayne rounding out the top-ten finishing positions.

With his victory, Elliott Sadler leaves second in the point standings, with a 1-point deficit behind points leader Chase Elliott.

Today’s race proved to be a war of attrition, as the Sadler-Blaney incident was just one of several crashes that kept crossing out potential winners.

On Lap 45, James Buescher was tagged by Blaney in Turn 3 and spun to the bottom, where he ended up hitting Darrell Wallace Jr. and Dylan Kwasniewski.

Wallace was especially frustrated, declaring flatly “I hate plate racing.”

“I’m gonna be the Debbie Downer here,” said Wallace, a regular in the Camping World Truck Series. “I’m not looking forward to Talladega for the Truck race. That’s just the way it goes.”

Then on Lap 62, Brian Scott – who had won the pole just hours earlier for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup main event – was caught in an eight-car pileup that began after he was spun by Trevor Bayne in Turn 3.

Scott’s teammates at Richard Childress Racing, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan, were also involved in the crash (Gaughan was knocked out of the race along with Scott, while Dillon kept going and finished 15th).

RACE NOTES:

Average Speed: 131.224 MPH
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 22 Mins, 18 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.124 Seconds
Lead Changes: 27 among 13 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 29 laps

Next Up: The teams will have the next weekend off and return to action on Sunday, May 18th , for the Get to Know Newton 250 at Iowa Speedway. The race is scheduled to get underway around 2:20 p.m. (ET) with television coverage provided by ESPN beginning with their 1:30 p.m. (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

NNS Aarons 312 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points-Bonus Points Laps Lead
1 11 Elliot Sadler 117 Lead Lap Running 48-5 40
2 60 Chris Buescher # 117 Lead Lap Running 43-1 1
3 7 Regan Smith 117 Lead Lap Running 42-1 20
4 98 David Ragan (i) 117 Lead Lap Running 0 0
5 54 Sam Hornish Jr 117 Lead Lap Running 39 0
6 87 Joe Nemechek(i) 117 Lead Lap Running 0 0
7 28 J.J. Yeley 117 Lead Lap Running 38-1 1
8 01 Landon Cassill 117 Lead Lap Running 36 0
9 44 David Star 117 Lead Lap Running 36-1 5
10 6 Trevor Bayne 117 Lead Lap Running 34 0
11 52 Joey Gase 117 Lead Lap Running 34-1 1
12 19 Mike Bliss 117 Lead Lap Running 32 0
13 25 John Wes Townley (i) 117 Lead Lap Running 0 0
14 76 Tommy Joe Martins # 117 Lead Lap Running 30 0
15 3 Ty Dillon# 117 Lead Lap Running 30-1 3
16 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 117 Lead Lap Running 28 0
17 14 Eric McClure 117 Lead Lap Running 27 0
18 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 117 Lead Lap Running 26 0
19 9 Chase Elliott # 117 Lead Lap Running 26-1 3
20 39 Ryan Sieg # 117 Lead Lap Running 24 0
21 22 Ryan Blaney(i) 116 -1 Lap Running 0 2
22 5 Kasey Kehne (i) 111 -6 Laps Accident 0 0
23 51 Jeremy Clements 111 -6 Laps Accident 22-1 1
24 16 Ryan Reed # 108 -9 Laps Running 21-1 29
25 17 Tanner Berryhill # 107 -10 Laps Accident 19 0
26 40 Josh Wise(i) 91 -26 Laps Engine 0 0
27 55 Jamie Dick 87 -30 Laps Running 17 0
28 74 Mike Harmon 86 -31 Laps Accident 16 0
29 99 James Buescher 86 -31 Laps Running 15 0
30 42 Kyle Larson(i) 78 -39 Laps Running 0 0
31 20 Darrell Wallace Jr (i) 74 -43 Laps Running 0 0
32 23 Robert Richardson Jr 63 -54 Laps Engine 12 0
33 2 Brian Scott 61 -56 Laps Accident 12-1 10
34 62 Brendan Gaughan 61 -56 Laps Accident 11-1 1
35 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 43 -74 Laps Accident 9 0
36 85 Bobby Gerhart 31 -86 Laps Engine 8 0
37 93 Carl Long 14 -103 Laps Electrical 7 0
38 91 Jeff Green 4 -113 Laps Vibration 6 0
39 46 Matt DiBenedetto* 3 -114 Laps Vibration 5 0
40 10 Blake Koch 1 -116 Laps Vibration 4 0

# = Rookie, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series.

2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Unofficial Point Standings after Talladega (Top 10)
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 9 Chase Elliott # 339 Leader 9 2 4 7 0
2 11 Elliot Sadler 338 -1 9 1 4 7 0
3 7 Regan Smith 336 -2 9 1 2 9 0
4 6 Trevor Bayne 308 -31 9 0 1 7 0
5 3 Ty Dillon# 308 -30 9 0 0 6 0
6 2 Brian Scott 277 -62 9 0 1 2 1
7 62 Brendan Gaughan 250 -89 9 0 0 2 2
8 99 James Buescher 244 -95 9 0 0 1 0
9 60 Chris Buescher # 229 -110 8 0 1 3 1
10 16 Ryan Reed # 225 -114 9 0 0 0 2
10 19 Mike Bliss 225 -114 9 0 0 0 0

# = Rookie