The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to the high banks of a restrictor plate track this weekend, this time at the Talladega Superspeedway. The last superspeedway race was held back in February at the Daytona International Speedway, and it was a sloppy one. This weekend, these drivers are looking to show everyone that they can race with the best of them on plate tracks.
In the first of two practice sessions on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 (1 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN), Blake Koch led the way in his No. 11 Chevrolet with a speed of 192.591 mph. Koch, is a pretty good superspeedway racer, and he showed a great amount of speed in the first session this afternoon.
Brendan Gaughan was second fastest in his No. 62 Chevrolet with a lap around the 2.66-mile Alabama oval at 192.552 mph. More Chevy’s, Richard Childress Racing cars to be exact, followed in Ben Kennedy (192.351 mph), Daniel Hemric (192.278 mph) and Ty Dillon (191.031 mph) rounded out the top five in the session.
Two more Chevy’s in Spencer Gallager (189.227 mph) and Kasey Kahne (189.092 mph) were sixth and seventh respectively to give Chevy the top seven speeds in the initial practice.
The first session saw a pack run once, but for the most part, it was a clean practice with a lot smaller packs running among teams/manufacturers. Same can be said for the second session, most of this session was competed with single car runs with a few interruptions for rain. In total, only 20 of the 41 cars took to the track in the final session.
In that final practice, Brandon Jones led the way with a speed of 182.814 mph in his No. 33 Chevrolet. Koch, was second in the 55-minute session with a speed of 182.372 mph, while Hemric (181.974), Kennedy (181.480 mph) and Dillon (181.055 mph) gave Chevy a clean sweep of the top five again.
The series will qualify at 10:30 am ET tomorrow, then race tomorrow afternoon.