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California Kid Harvick Fastest in First Auto Club NXS Practice

California Kid Harvick Fastest in First Auto Club NXS Practice

by March 20, 2015 0 comments

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FONTANA, Calif. — Kevin Harvick led the way in first practice for the Drive4Clots.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Friday afternoon, turning in a lap of 41.152 seconds around the two-mile superspeedway in his home state of California.

Harvick’s No. 88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet provided by JR Motorsports completed a circuit of Auto Club 66 thousandths of a second faster than second-place driver Denny Hamlin’s lap of 41.218 seconds.

In third in the 55-minute session was fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski, who was followed on the speed chart by series regular Regan Smith.

Rounding out the top-10 of the session’s standings were Erik Jones, defending race winner Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan, and Austin Dillon.

Points leader Ty Dillon remained in his garage stall for a majority of the session yet made his way out onto the track late in the session to complete a lap of 42.289 seconds – good enough for 17th on the speed chart.

Jones was the only driver to make a 10-lap run in the session, running an average speed of 168.584 miles per hour around the track per lap during his 10-lap run.

Jones’s teammate, rookie Daniel Suárez, completed the most laps of the session with a total of 23 while TriStar Motorsports’s Mike Bliss only completed one lap around the two-mile track.

An 85-minute final practice session for the XFINITY Series is scheduled to take place at 3:00 p.m PT and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Drive4Clots.com 300

  1. 88 – Kevin Harvick(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 41.152 | Leader
  2. 54 – Denny Hamlin(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 41.218 | -0.066
  3. 22 – Brad Keselowski(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 41.299 | -0.147
  4. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 41.417 | -0.265
  5. 20 – Erik Jones(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 41.420 | -0.268
  6. 42 – Kyle Larson(i) – Chevrolet – HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi – 41.456 | -0.304
  7. 9 – Chase Elliott – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 41.468 | -0.316
  8. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 41.477 | -0.325
  9. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 41.483 | -0.331
  10. 33 – Austin Dillon(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 41.523 | -0.371

(i) = Ineligible for NASCAR XFINITY Series points.

Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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