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Kyle Larson Leads Final XFINITY Series Practice at Charlotte

At a lap of 185.198 mph, Kyle Larson claimed the top spot in final practice for the XFINITY Series at Charlotte. Running 52 circuits, the No. 42 team was focused on race runs through much of the practice.

Erik Jones, desperately needing a solid finish to advance to the second round of the Chase was the first XFINITY Series regular with the second quickest time (184.996 mph,) .032 seconds off the quick time.

Joey Logano was third on the board (184.856 mph), while Daniel Suarez was fourth (184.332 mph) and Brandon Jones rounding out the top five (184,150 mph).

Blake Koch, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon, Ryan Sieg, who led the first practice, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 10.

Chase drivers who were outside the top 10 in final practice include Brendan Gaughan (11th), Ryan Reed (12th), Brennan Poole (13th), Elliott Sadler (14th) and Darrell Wallace, Jr. (15th).

Allgaier turned 66 laps, the most of all competitors with his fastest lap coming on his opening circuit. For the second straight practice Jones led the best 10 consecutive lap category at 179.577 mph. 15 drivers made a run of at least 10 laps on the track.

There was one incident in the practice coming with just under 35 minutes to go. Brandon Hightower, attempting to make his second career XFINITY Series start got loose exiting Turn 4, over-corrected his car and pounded the outside wall.

Weather dependent, qualifying is set to go underway at 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday. The eldest Dillon is the defending winner of the event, sweeping both races at Charlotte in 2015.

Click here for full XFINITY Series final practice results at Charlotte

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