Avondale, AZ – It was an extremely busy day for the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver at the Phoenix International Raceway on Friday afternoon. The series had three separate practice sessions on the 1.022-mile west valley track today, as they were the lone three sessions for the drivers this weekend.
All they’ll do on Saturday is qualify in the morning and race in the afternoon.
In the first session, Erik Jones led the way with a speed of 131.521 mph in his No. 20 Toyota. Jones, finished 32nd in the season opener at Daytona but didn’t run in the series the last two weekends. Now, he’s primed for a good run this weekend at PIR.
Ryan Blaney is making his first XFINITY Series start this season was second quickest in the opening session with a speed of 131.353 mph in his No. 22 Ford. Rookie William Byron (131.305 mph) was third fastest while Brandon Jones (131.234 mph) and Justin Allgaier (131.176 mph) rounded out the top five in being fourth and fifth respectively.
The first session was ran clean without any incidents.
In the middle session of the day, Blaney and Jones flip flopped on the speed charts with Blaney being P1 and Jones P2. Blaney, turned a lap of 131.277 mph while Jones was at 130.690 mph.
Byron (130.686 mph) was third fastest again while two more Joe Gibbs Racing cars in Daniel Suarez (130.600 mph) and rookie Matt Tifft (130.596 mph) were fourth and fifth respectively.
Chevy’s were sixth through 10th with three of which being JR Motorsports and the other two Richard Childress Racing cars.
In final practice, another new driver topped the speed charts as Brendan Gaughan set the fastest lap with a speed of 131.152 mph in his No. 62 Chevy. Gaughan, led the way in the opening session of practice last weekend at Vegas and is now fastest in the final session of the weekend at Phoenix.
Blaney, was second fastest with a speed of 131.124 mph to wrap up a day that saw him go second, first and second respectively in the three sessions.
Byron, was third again with a speed of 131.019 mph to see him be third fastest in each of the three practices on Friday. Tifft (130.862 mph) was fourth fastest again, while Dakoda Armstrong (130.790 mph) rounded out the top five in fifth.
The DC Solar 200 will run on Saturday afternoon (4 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN).