Tyler Reddick turned the fastest lap in Friday’s (Feb. 16) opening practice for NASCAR’s XFINITY Series. He turned a 45.874-second lap in the practice session, 0.053 seconds faster than second place Daniel Suarez.
Behind that Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, it was Chevrolet who flexed some muscle. They claimed four of the top-five speeds overall with a mix of veterans and young blood. Spencer Gallagher was third quickest while JR Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Michael Annett wound up fourth and fifth, respectively.
Chevrolet completed its strong start Friday afternoon with Daniel Hemric leading the way. Hemric turned a 47.041-second lap during the second XFINITY practice session, beating second place Austin Dillon by just three one-thousandths of a second.
JR Motorsports drivers Elliott Sadler and Reddick finished third and fourth. Larson completed a full Chevy sweep of the top-five positions.
Only 32 cars turned a lap in the session, as some drivers felt good enough about their cars that they didn’t need to go out. That group included Roush Fenway Racing’s (and two-time Daytona winner) Ryan Reed.
The defending champion of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Alex Labbe, turned the most laps at 18 while a group of five drivers turned just one lap. (Gallagher, Brandon Jones, Jeff Green, Kaz Grala and David Starr).
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