The one and only practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Richmond Raceway took place bright and early Friday morning. The future stars of NASCAR took the track at 8 a.m. and only had two hours to get their cars geared up for qualifying later today.
While some drivers chose to wait until the track rubbered in to save tires, the first hour was dominated by rookies and other young drivers looking to gain experience at the Virginia short track.
Due to the changing track temperatures, speeds relatively fell off, leaving the drivers who went out in the morning still at the top of the charts come hour number two.
After the checkered flag was waved on final practice, Gragson was fastest, followed by Stewart-Haas Teammates Briscoe and Cole Custer. Zane Smith was 4th driving for JR Motorsports and Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley rounded out the top 5. Christopher Bell was sixth, with John Hunter Nemchek seventh and Justin Allgaier eighth.
Some really strong laps from Stephen Leicht and Dillon Bassett meant they were 9th and 10th respectively, beating out drivers like Brandon Jones (11th), Elliott Sadler (12th), and defending series champion Tyler Reddick(24th).
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Toyota Care 250 from Richmond Raceway is tonight at 7:00 P.M. On Fox Sports 1.