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Austin Dillon Blows Away Field in First Las Vegas NXS Practice

Austin Dillon Blows Away Field in First Las Vegas NXS Practice

by March 6, 2015 0 comments

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LAS VEGAS — Austin Dillon paced the field in first practice for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after completing a lap of 29.838 seconds around the mile-and-a-half speedway.

The 2013 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion completed a fast time that was over a quarter-second quicker than second-place driver Dale Earnhardt Jr’s time of 30.098 seconds in the opening 55-minute practice session of the weekend.

Completing the top-10 in the session’s standings were Regan Smith, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Ty Dillon, Aric Almirola, Brendan Gaughan, Matt Kenseth, and Erik Jones.

Kenseth turned laps in the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota in place of regular driver Daniel Suárez, who spent the session in the infield care center feeling under the weather.

Failing to turn in a single lap during practice was championship driver Brian Scott, who had engine issues prior to completing a single lap around the track.

NASCAR newcomer Brennan Poole completed the most laps in the session with 35 circuits while rookie Ross Chastain completed the fewest laps with two mere laps turned in.

Final practice for the Boyd Gaming 300 is currently underway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and is being broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Boyd Gaming 300

  1. 33 – Austin Dillon(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.838 | Leader
  2. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 30.098 | -0.260
  3. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 30.260 | -0.422
  4. 22 – Ryan Blaney – Ford – Team Penske – 30.309 | -0.471
  5. 54 – Denny Hamlin(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.345 | -0.507
  6. 3 – Ty Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 30.381 | -0.543
  7. 98 – Aric Almirola(i) – Ford – Biagi DenBeste Racing – 30.407 | -0.569
  8. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 30.411 | -0.573
  9. 18 – Matt Kenseth(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.446 | -0.608
  10. 20 – Erik Jones(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.478 | -0.640

(i) = Ineligible for NASCAR XFINITY Series points.

Kyle Pokrefky
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