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Ryan Blaney Paces Opening XFINITY Series Practice at Dover

NASCAR Cup Series regulars led the way in opening XFINITY Series practice at Dover International Speedway, paced by Ryan Blaney at 154.275 mph, 0.022 seconds ahead of 2016 spring winner Erik Jones (154.129 mph).

William Byron was the highest XFINITY Series regular in third (153.951 mph) with Justin Allgaier (153.616 mph) and Ty Dillon (153.472 mph) rounding out the top five.

A pair of Chip Ganassi Racing teammates were sixth and seventh with Brennan Poole in front of Kentucky winner Tyler Reddick. Defending winner Daniel Suarez was eighth on the board with Matt Tifft and Elliott Sadler filling the top 10.

Jeremy Clements was the lowest playoff driver on the scoring pylon in 25th, while JJ Yeley turned 36 laps, the most in the 90-minute session.

The session was halted once for a piece of lead tungsten weight falling from Daniel Hemric‘s machine. The piece was then examined by NASCAR officials.

Final practice for Saturday’s Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 at Dover is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Click here for opening practice results

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