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Austin Dillon Sweeps O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Practices

Austin Dillon Sweeps O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Practices

by April 10, 2015 0 comments

Photo credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, Texas – After running fastest in opening practice for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, Austin Dillon backed up his first practice speed with a chart-topping lap of 29.773 seconds in final practice for Friday night’s race from Texas Motor Speedway.

Dillon was the only driver to clear the 30-second mark with his No. 33 Rudd Chevrolet, closing out the 90-minute session ahead of Regan Smith and his lap of 30.001 seconds.

Rounding out the top-10 of the session’s speed chart were Darrell Wallace Jr., Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler, Erik Jones, Brendan Gaughan, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suárez and J.J. Yeley.

Brennan Poole, driver of the No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet, completed the most laps in practice with a total of 64 laps while TriStar Motorsports’s Jeff Green completed the fewest laps of the session with only five circuits turned in.

Across a 10-lap run, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the fastest driver ahead of Smith with an average speed of 176.379 miles per hour over his 10-lap run. On the overall speed chart, Earnhardt Jr. placed in the 12th position.

Qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 will take place on Friday at 3:45 p.m CT while the 200-lap race itself will take place at 7:30 p.m CT and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

Top-10 Final Practice Speeds for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300

  1. 33 – Austin Dillon(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.773 | Leader
  2. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 30.001 | -0.228
  3. 6 – Darrell Wallace Jr.# – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing – 30.011 | -0.238
  4. 22 – Brad Keselowski(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 30.053 | -0.280
  5. 1 – Elliott Sadler – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing – 30.097 | -0.324
  6. 20 – Erik Jones(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.100 | -0.327
  7. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 30.113 | -0.340
  8. 9 – Chase Elliott – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 30.156 | -0.383
  9. 18 – Daniel Suárez# – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 30.170 | -0.397
  10. 28 – J.J. Yeley – Toyota – JGL Racing – 30.259 | -0.486

# = 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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