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Chase Elliott Ahead in Great Clips 250 Final Practice

Chase Elliott Ahead in Great Clips 250 Final Practice

by June 12, 2015 0 comments

BROOKLYN, Mich. —¬†Defending XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott fended off a pack of Sprint Cup drivers to claim the top spot in the lone practice for Saturday’s Great Clips 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

The driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet completed a lap of 37.654 seconds to pace the field in the 85-minute session to take the spot away from Aric Almirola, who completed a lap of 37.806 seconds.

Completing the top-10 of the session’s standings were Brian Scott, Chris Buescher, Darrell Wallace Jr., Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon and Denny Hamlin.

Fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman turned in laps that respectively placed themselves 11th, 14th and 21st on the speed chart.

Eight drivers completed a run of 10 consecutive laps with Buescher, the current points leader, leading the way with an average speed of 188.584 miles-per-hour completed during one of his runs.

Scott and Wallace Jr. completed the most laps of the session with 45 while Jeff Green and Carl Long both completed the fewest with respective totals of three laps turned in.

Friday afternoon’s session completes the on-track action for the XFINITY Series at Michigan for the day.

Qualifying for the Great Clips 250 will take place at 10:15 a.m ET on Saturday while the 125-lap race itself is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m ET start.

Top-10 Final Practice Speeds for the Great Clips 250

  1. 9 – Chase Elliott – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 37.654 | Leader
  2. 98 – Aric Almirola(i) – Ford – Biagi-DenBeste Racing – 37.806 | -0.152
  3. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.838 | -0.184
  4. 60 – Chris Buescher – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing – 37.838 | -0.184
  5. 6 – Darrell Wallace Jr.# – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing – 37.868 | -0.214
  6. 33 – Paul Menard(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.872 | -0.218
  7. 54 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 37.891 | -0.237
  8. 22 – Joey Logano(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 37.917 | -0.263
  9. 3 – Ty Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.966 | -0.312
  10. 20 – Denny Hamlin(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 37.975 | -0.321

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR XFINITY Series points.

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Photo credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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