INDIANAPOLIS – The NASCAR X-Finity Series took to the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for their only two practice sessions of the weekend on Friday afternoon, as they do all the important things tomorrow with qualifying and the race occurring on Saturday.
Today though, it appears Kyle Busch is the favorite to win his third Lilly Diabetes 250 in the last four years, as he was bad fast from being unloaded off the truck this morning.
Busch, was quickest by over two mph in the first session, as the Joe Gibbs Racing driver turned a lap of 181.039 mph in his No. 18 Nos Energy Drink Toyota. He turned that lap late in the session, as it was glaring on how much quicker he was than the other 39 drivers in the opening practice.
Elliott Sadler was second quickest in his No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet, as the Virginia native turned a lap of 178.973 mph late in the session as well.
Busch’s JGR teammate Daniel Suarez held the top lap for most of the 85-minute long session, as the Mexican driver turned a lap of 178.193 mph on Lap 2 of the practice. That lap would end up being third overall.
Two more JR Motorsports cars of Kevin Harvick (178.077 mph) and Justin Allgaier (177.687 mph) would round out the top five as they were fourth and fifth respectively in the opening of the two sessions.
In session No. 2, Busch led the way again, this time with a lap of 176.554 mph.
It’s pretty clear tomorrow’s race is going to be his to lose on Saturday.
In the final practice, most of the teams decided to run on race trim, as it was a chance to see what they’ve got for tomorrow’s 100 Lap race.
JGR went 1-2-3 in that session, as Erik Jones brought the No. 20 Hisense USA Toyota to second on the speed charts with a lap of 176.125 mph in the closing minutes.
Suarez was third quickest in this session again, as he turned a lap of 176.125 mph in the No. 19 Juniper Networks Toyota.
Ty Dillon (175.737 mph) and Allgaier (175.425 mph) rounded out the top five in final practice.
Both practices were clean, as there were no interruptions in either session.
Tomorrow, the series will qualify at 11:40 am ET, then race at 3:30 pm ET on NBCSN.