NASCAR Xfinity Series practice for the 2019 My Bariatric 300 at Texas Motor Speedway has been completed Friday (March 29). Reigning series champion and current points leader Tyler Reddick along with former series champion Kyle Busch led the way ahead of Saturday’s race.
Busch was in a Richard Childress Racing sandwich on the leaderboard after first practice. Reddick was first at 187.357 mph in the No. 2 Chevy Camaro, just ahead of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota Supra at 187.045 mph. The RCR No. 21 made its on-track debut this season in third at 186.832 mph, piloted by fan favorite Kaz Grala.
Rounding out the top 10 were Brad Keselowski in the Team Penske No. 12 Ford Mustang, JGR’s Brandon Jones, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer, JRM’s Justin Allgaier and the No. 22 of full-time Team Penske racer Austin Cindric.
Turning the most laps (37) in this session was JRM’s Noah Gragson in the No. 9; he was 12th fastest. Turning the fewest laps with one lone circuit was Stephen Leicht (28th) in the No. 01 for JD Motorsports.
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Earnhardt, however, survived a long slide in Turn 2, making the practice more eventful that the team was probably hoping for.
The slowest vehicle recording a time was Mark Harmon‘s No. 74 Chevy at 168.251 mph. 32 cars participated in this session.
Busch led the second practice session with a speed of 187.813 mph. He was followed by Keselowski at 186.884 mph and Reddick at 186.884 mph. All three manufacturers finished in podium positions.
Allgaier was fourth at 186.683 mph and Gragson fifth at 186.239 mph.
The rest of the top 10 were Bell, Custer, Grala, Cindric and Jones.
Grala nearly drove a full stage, running the most laps with 50, while Morgan Shepherd only ran one. The vast majority of drivers turned at least 15 laps.
Shepherd’s No. 89 Chevy was slowest at 168.977 mph. 35 vehicles took part in the session.
Qualifying for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 is scheduled for Saturday at 10:10 a.m. ET. TV coverage will be provided by Fox Sports 1. The race will also be on FS1, going green around 1 p.m. ET.