It was all Ryan Truex during Friday’s (Nov. 12) practices at Texas Motor Speedway.
One of the drivers in the XFINITY Series who are uncertain about their future has a chance to make a statement in the final three races and on Saturday Truex began just that.
Truex led Friday’s first practice session in advance of Saturday’s (Nov. 3) O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Truex turned a 187.162 mph (28.852 seconds) lap around the Texas Motor Speedway to put his No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro on top of the speed charts. Daniel Hemric finished the session in second -0.051-seconds off of Truex.
The session was slowed twice for accidents involving Morgan Shepherd and Austin Cindric. Shepherd smacked the outside wall in the middle of Turns 1, 2 and spun down the backstretch making contact with the inside wall ending his practice session and weekend early as the No. 89 team do not have a backup car.
Cindric smacked the outside wall at the exit of turn four forcing the No. 22 team to bring out a backup car. Cindric sits at the bottom of the playoff standings heading into Saturday’s race and today’s accident won’t help. He still finished 12th in the first session of the day. Cindric joined Justin Allgaier (15th) as two slowest playoff drivers. Christopher Bell (seventh) and Tyler Reddick (ninth) joined those two as slowest playoff drivers.
It looked to be Brandon Jones to win the second session of practice on Friday after the red flag was displayed with less than five minutes remaining in the session. Truex went out with less than two minutes remaining and put his No. 11 on top of the speed charts for the second straight session.
Matt Tifft (eighth), Justin Allgaier (ninth), Austin Cindric (11th), and Tyler Reddick (14th) were the four slowest playoff drivers during the session as the series heads toward qualifying for this important second race of the round of eight.
Final Practice Results from Texas Motor Speedway
Qualifying for Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 from Texas kicks off at 1:30 p.m ET on CNBC. Countdown to Green kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN while the race kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET also on NBCSN.