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Ryan Sieg Tops Opening XFINITY Series Practice at Charlotte

In the opening practice of the inaugural elimination Chase race for the XFINITY Series, Ryan Sieg turned the hot lap of the session (181.659 mph) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Sieg comes into the event 10 points off the cutoff mark and was .004 seconds faster than Ty Dillon (181.635 mph) and .027 seconds ahead of Erik Jones (181.494), all whom are in similar situations having to race their way above the cutoff.

Blake Koch was fourth quick in the session (181.184 mph), while Kyle Larson was the first Cup Series driver in fifth (180.270 mph).

Dover winner Daniel Suarez was sixth on the board with Austin Dillon, Brad Keslowski, Joey Logano and Matt DiBenedetto making up the top 10.

Chase drivers outside of the top 10 included a pair of JR Motorsports teammates with Justin Allgaier in 12th and Elliott Sadler,who is already locked into the second round with a win at Kentucky, in 13th . Darrell Wallace, Jr. was 15th on the board with his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ryan Reed in 16th. Brandon Jones was 19th, Brennan Poole 20th and Brendan Gaughan was the slowest Chase competitor in 21st.

The No. 20 of Jones turned 30 laps the most of all drivers and was the fastest of the three teams to make a 10 lap run (177.432 mph). Final practice is scheduled to begin shortly after 5:30 p.m. ET.

Click here for results from the first XFINITY Series practice at Charlotte

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