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Kyle Larson on Top of XFINITY Series Practice at Homestead

Kyle Larson turned the hot lap in opening XFINITY Series practice of the weekend with a time of 32.109 seconds (168.177 mph), over a tenth of a second quicker than the second fastest lap.

The driver of the No. 42 car is the defending winner of the event, dominating the event, leading 118 laps.

Ryan Blaney was second fastest in practice (167.530 mph). Blaney is the only driver eligible to run the No. 22 Team Penske car this weekend due to NASCAR’s eligibility rules, which ruled out Joey Logano or Brad Keselowski to run the car. The team is also in the championship battle for the owner’s championship.

Erik Jones was third (167.328 mph), quickest of the Championship 4 drivers. The No. 20 car has led 624 laps this season, winning four times, one of which came on a 1.5-mile track similar to Homestead.

Alex Bowman had the fourth quickest lap (167.069 mph) and Daniel Suarez, the second Joe Gibbs Racing driver in the championship rounded out the top five (166.795 mph).

Brandon Jones, Aric Almirola, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Matt Tifft completed the top 10.

After getting into the wall near the midway point of the opening practice, Elliott Sadler turned the 11th quickest time, three tenths of a second behind the fastest of the Championship 4 drivers.

His JR Motorsports teammate and the slowest of the Championship 4 drivers Justin Allgaier was 16th on the board. The No. 7 car is the only one of the four drivers competing for the championship that has yet to win in 2016.

Erik Jones took to the track for 32 circuits, the most of all championship drivers. Rookie Brennan Poole completed 48 laps, the most of all drivers, sitting 14th on the chart.

Ty Dillon led the way on 10-lap average (163.413 mph), ahead of Suarez, Austin Dillon, Bowman and Poole.

Final XFINITY Series practice is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET.

Click here for opening practice results for the XFINITY Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

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