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Gray Gaulding Paces Lone Xfinity Practice at Richmond

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.

Justin Allgaier, Garrett Smithley, Zane Smith, Brandon Brown and Justin Haley rounded out the top 10.

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 Richmond Practice Results

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.

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Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Entercom Richmond's radio station. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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