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Regan Smith Takes the Top Spot in Phoenix Final Practice

Regan Smith Takes the Top Spot in Phoenix Final Practice

by March 13, 2015 0 comments

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — Regan Smith paced the field in final practice for Saturday’s Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday evening.

The driver of JR Motorsports’s No. 7 Axalta Cromax Chevrolet turned in a lap of 26.930 seconds around Phoenix to take the top spot on the speed chart over Ty Dillon, who circled the circuit in a time of 26.936 seconds.

Smith’s JR Motorsports teammate, Chase Elliott, took the third position on the speed chart while Daniel Suárez, Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Chris Buescher, Erik Jones, Brendan Gaughan, and Kevin Harvick in the top-10 of the 85-minute session’s standings.

41st-place driver Derek White completed the most laps in final practice with a total of 64 laps made while JD Motorsports rookie Ross Chastain completed the fewest laps of the session with three circuits made around the mile-long track.

Logano was the fastest driver across a 10-lap run with an average speed of 131.624 miles per hour leading the way over Matt Kenseth, Harvick, Jones, and Brian Scott.

Qualifying for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 will take place at 9:45 a.m PT Saturday morning while the 200-lap race itself will take place at 1:00 p.m PT and will be broadcast live on your local FOX affiliate.

Top-10 Final Practice Speeds for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200

  1. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 26.930 | Leader
  2. 3 – Ty Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 26.936 | -0.006
  3. 9 – Chase Elliott – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 27.030 | -0.100
  4. 18 – Daniel Suárez# – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 27.122 | -0.192
  5. 33 – Austin Dillon(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 27.144 | -0.214
  6. 22 – Joey Logano(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 27.187 | -0.257
  7. 60 – Chris Buescher – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing – 27.215 | -0.285
  8. 54 – Erik Jones(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 27.260 | -0.330
  9. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 27.289 | -0.359
  10. 88 – Kevin Harvick(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 27.290 | -0.360

# = Rookie.

(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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