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Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick Lead Xfinity Series Practices at Kansas

Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick were the fastest drivers in the two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions at Kansas Speedway on Friday (Oct. 18) afternoon for the Kansas Lottery 300.

At the end of the first practice, Custer was at the top of the charts at 173.544 mph. Reddick was second with a speed of 173.249 mph. Ross Chastain, in the Kaulig Racing No. 10 (173.077 mph), Christopher Bell (172.811 mph), and Brandon Jones (172.629 mph) rounded out the top five.

Austin Cindric struggled with the balance of his car but still turned the sixth-fastest time at 172.491 mph.


In the second and final practice, Reddick was the only driver to top 173 mph. His speed was 173.611 mph. Bell was second at 172.337 mph, followed by Custer at 172.271 mph. Noah Gragson (172.260 mph) and Justin Allgaier (171.958 mph) closed out the top five.

Both practices were interrupted with a red flag. The first practice had a red flag with 17 minutes to go for debris. The second practice had some more incidents.

A red flag was displayed when Bobby Dale Earnhardt spun in turn 4 and hit the wall. Earnhardt is driving the No. 66 for MBM Motorsports and is attempting to make his first Xfinity Series race since Texas Motor Speedway last November.

Moments before the Earnhardt red flag, however, Bell roughed up the right side of his Toyota Supra on the exit of turn 4. Later in the session, Chad Finchum lost the rear end of his car off the exit of turn 2, scraped the wall down the backstretch and damaged the right rear of his car.


The Xfinity Series will qualify tomorrow at noon ET on the NBC Sports App, followed by the race at 3:00 p.m. on NBC.

About the author

Josh Roller is a 2019 graduate of the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI in Indianapolis. While in school, he covered the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. He was an extern for INDYCAR in 2019 and interned with Charlotte Motor Speedway's Communications Department in 2020. Besides writing the Xfinity Breakdown for Frontstretch, he also does a weekly podcast with a friend he met at the 2018 Indy 500, Rob Peeters, called the Racing with Rob and Roller podcast.

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