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Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon Fastest In NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice At Bristol Motor Speedway

Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon Fastest In NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice At Bristol Motor Speedway

by April 17, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Denny Hamlin led the way during the first practice session for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Friday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Austin Dillon topped the speed chart in final practice.

First Practice

Denny Hamlin’s 15.715 second lap at 122.100 mph was the fastest during the first practice session. Brian Scott was second, and Joey Logano rounded out the top-three. Last weekend’s winner at Texas Motor Speedway, Erik Jones was fourth fastest. Austin Dillon finished out the session in fifth.

Brendan Gughan had the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 120.094 mph. Defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, Chase Elliott was second with an average speed of 119.945 mph. His JR Motorsports teammate, Regan Smith was third with an average speed of 119.754 mph.

First Practice Top-10 Results:
1.) #54 Denny Hamlin | Monster Energy | Toyota | 15.715 seconds | 122.100 mph
2.) #2 Brian Scott | Shore Lodge | Chevrolet | 15.718 seconds | 122.077 mph
3.) #22 Joey Logano | Discount Tire | Ford | 15.777 seconds | 121.620 mph
4.) #20 Erik Jones | GameStop | Toyota | 15.827 seconds | 121.236 mph
5.) #33 Austin Dillon | Rheem | Chevrolet | 15.829 seconds | 121.221 mph
6.) #88 Kevin Harvick | Hunt Brothers Pizza | Chevrolet | 15.832 seconds | 121.198 mph
7.) #7 Regan Smith | TaxSlayer.com | Chevrolet | 15.870 seconds | 120.907 mph
8.) #62 Brendan Gaughan | South Point | Chevrolet | 15.871 seconds | 120.90 mph
9.) #60 Chris Buescher | Roush Performance Products | Ford | 15.894 seconds | 120.725 mph
10.) #18 Daniel Suarez | ARRIS | Toyota | 15.915 seconds | 120.566

Final Practice:

In final practice, it was Austin Dillon on top with a 15.423 second lap at 124.412 mph. Denny Hamlin who was fastest in first practice was second in the final round. Rookie, Daniel Suarez was fourth, and Chris Buescher was fifth.

Kevin Harvick had the best 10 consecutive lap average with an average speed of 121.468 mph, but in the closing minutes of the session, he blew a right front tire and slapped the outside wall. Denny Hamlin’s average speed of 121.453 seconds was the second fastest, followed by Chris Buescher with an average speed of 121.366 mph.

Chase Elliott made contact with the outside wall, and Ty Dillon spun during the final session.

Final Practice Top-10 Results:
1.) #33 Austin Dillon | Rheem | Chevrolet | 15.423 seconds | 124.412 mph
2.) #54 Denny Hamlin | Monster Energy | Toyota | 15.442 seconds | 124.259 mph
3.) #18 Daniel Suarez | ARRIS | Toyota | 15.505 seconds | 123. 754 mph
4.) #60 Chris Buescher | Roush Performance Products | Ford | 15.538 seconds | 123.491 mph
5.) #2 Brian Scott | Shore Lodge | Chevrolet | 15.606 seconds | 122.953 mph
6.) #20 Erik Jones | GameStop | Toyota | 15.617 seconds | 122.866 mph
7.) #3 Ty Dillon | Yuengling Light | Chevrolet | 15.650 seconds | 122.607 mph
8.) #62 Brendan Gaughan | South Point | Chevrolet | 15.660 seconds | 122.529 mph
9.) #9 Chase Elliott | NAPA Auto Parts | Chevrolet | 15.665 seconds | 122.490 mph
10.) #22 Joey Logano | Discount Tire | Ford | 15.692 seconds | 122.279 mph

On Saturday, 21 Means 21 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will air live at 9:45 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. The Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 will begin at 1:30 p.m., also on FOX Sports 1.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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