NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Richmond Raceway got underway Friday morning with a single practice session. Gray Gaulding paced the 80-minute practice, with the driver of the No. 08 recording a field-best speed of 121.397 mph.
Gaulding was five-hundredths quicker than second-place Cole Custer, while third-place Christopher Bell posted a time of exactly 121 mph. Bell also had the fastest five-lap average, while Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton closed out the top five. Burton had the quickest 10-lap average with 118.644 mph.
Allgaier, Smith and Gragson put three JR Motorsports cars in the top 10, while their teammate Michael Annett ran 13th.
Joe Gibbs Racing also put all but one of their cars in the top 10, with Brandon Jones‘ No. 19 running 12th.
The only incident came when Custer backed down in turn 2 behind the slower car of CJ McLaughlin, and Gragson came right up behind him. Gragson made slight contact with Custer’s bumper, but no damage was apparent.
Xfinity Series qualifying is scheduled for shortly after 4:30 p.m. ET. The Go Bowling 250 will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET.