Much like the first practice session of the day, Kyle Busch‘s name was a top the leader-board at Watkins Glen International. With a lap of 123.006 mph, the No. 18 car paced the second XFINITY Series session.
Kyle Larson turned the second fastest lap in the later practice (122.994 mph), .007 seconds off the pace that Busch set. The No. 42 machine was in the top 5 in each practice on Thursday.
A pair of Team Penske Fords filled positions three and four as Brad Keselowski jumped up to third quick in the session (122.577 mph), improving from his seventh fastest lap in the first practice. Last year’s winner Joey Logano posted the fourth fastest time (122.520 mph).
For the second time in the same day, Justin Allgaier was the quickest of the XFINITY Series regulars (122.378 mph). The JR Motorsports driver has spent each of the past two seasons in the Cup Series racing at Watkins Glen with a best finish of 17th in 2014.
Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Brendan Gaughan, Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez filled out positions six through 10. The No. 19 car improved from turning the 24th fastest time in the first session.
Notable drivers outside the top 10, included Elliott Sadler (11th), Brennan Poole (12th), Ty Dillon (13th) and Darrell Wallace, Jr. (14th).
Jones ran 32 laps in the session, the most of all drivers and he was fourth on the best consecutive 10-lap average. That column was filled by Larson at 122.552 mph, more than a full mph faster than second the chart.
36 of 41 drivers turned a lap in the session. The XFINITY Series will have one more practice tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. ET, before qualifying gets under way at 4:45 p.m. ET.
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