The top drivers in Xfinity Series practice were Cup drivers, but the best NXS drivers were right there with them when the red and black flags flew for final practice. Kasey Kahne ran 41 laps in practice, but it was the very first lap that was the quickest. Kahne tripped the timing beam at 29.928 seconds for a speed of 180.433 mph. Kyle Busch was just under .05 seconds slower than Kahne on the second of his 62 laps he ran during practice.
Busch crossed the line in 29.981 seconds for a speed of 180.114 mph. Third quickest in practice was Chris Buescher, the points leader in the NXS, with a speed of 180.108 mph.
Rounding out the top five in practice were Regan Smith, who tripped the timing clock at 29.984 seconds for a speed of 180.096 mph, and Erik Jones, whose 29.989-second lap was good for 180.066 mph. Busch was the fastest for a 10-lap average, turning in an average speed of 178.420 mph. Second quick on the 10-lap average was Austin Dillon, who ran 177.935 mph over his best 10 laps. Buescher was third on the 10-lap average list at 177.764 mph.
The second half of the top 10 in practice speeds was Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Brian Scott. Qualifying for the Drive for the Cure 300 will take place at 4:45 p.m. on Friday Oct. 9 with the race taking the green flag at 8 p.m.
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