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Chris Buescher Quickest in Opening Practice in Home State

Chris Buescher Quickest in Opening Practice in Home State

by October 31, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images

FORT WORTH, Texas. — Chris Buescher led the way in first practice for Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, turning in a circuit of 29.019 seconds around Texas Motor Speedway to claim the top spot on the scoring pylon after 50 minutes of practice.

Buescher would lead a charge for Ford that would place two other Ford Mustang drivers in the top-three – Joey Logano (29.149) and Trevor Bayne (29.219.)

Austin Dillon, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Elliott Sadler, Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan, and Ryan Reed would round out the top-10 of the session standings.

Chase Elliott and Regan Smith, the top-two drivers in the points standings, would turn in lap times that would place them out of the top-14. Elliott would run the 15th-fastest lap of the session with a circuit of 29.630 seconds while Smith would place 17th on the speed chart with a lap of 29.713 seconds.

The action for the Nationwide Series continues for the day with a second and final practice session scheduled to run from 3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m CST (4:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m EST.)

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

  1. 60 – Chris Buescher# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 29.019 | Leader
  2. 22 – Joey Logano(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 29.149 | -0.130
  3. 6 – Trevor Bayne – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 29.219 | -0.200
  4. 33 – Austin Dillon(i)* – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.289 | -0.270
  5. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.316 | -0.297
  6. 12 – Ryan Blaney(i)* – Ford – Team Penske – 29.395 | -0.376
  7. 11 – Elliott Sadler – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 29.454 | -0.435
  8. 5 – Kevin Harvick(i)* – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 29.470 | -0.451
  9. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.512 | -0.493
  10. 16 – Ryan Reed# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 29.515 | -0.496

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Nationwide Series points, * = Must qualify into the race based on speed.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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