On Saturday afternoon, XFINITY Series teams took to the 4.048-mile road course for their first practice session of the weekend at Road America. The weather forecast for Sunday is dicey, but teams were greeted with dry weather for the first session. Wet or dry, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Justin Marks may be the man to beat this weekend.
Marks was fastest overall in the practice session with a lap of 135.029 seconds (107.923 mph). The lap is more than two seconds off of Alex Tagliani‘s track record.
Marks’ lap was one-tenth of a second faster than teammate Brennan Poole in second. Team Penske’s Austin Cindric, who is doing double-duty while making his XFINITY Series debut this weekend was third fastest.
Christopher Bell was 30th quickest, having turned only one lap at speed. There’s a reason for that. Bell broke the transmission on his No. 18 Toyota. The Joe Gibbs Racing team spent most of the session replacing the transmission and will go back out in Happy Hour.
With a 4.048-mile road course, laps are at a premium. Only seven of the 42 entries turned 10 or more laps. Poole turned in the most with 12.
XFINITY Series teams have one more practice session on Saturday, scheduled for 4 p.m. It will be 55-minutes in length and air live on NBCSN.
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