NASCAR is in the Irish Hills this weekend invading the Michigan International Speedway. On Friday, the NASCAR XFINITY Series took to the 2-mile oval in preparation for Saturday’s Irish Hills 250 (1:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN), as they held two practices, the only two of the weekend. In the first session, rookie Spencer Gallagher led the way with a speed of 190.305 mph in his No. 23 Chevrolet.
Gallagher, is looking for his first career XFINITY Series victory, was 15th in the session session.
Another rare sight up front was Ryan Reed who was second fastest overall in Session No. 1. Reed, the season opening winner at Daytona, turned a lap of 190.119 mph in his No. 16 Ford. He was 10th in final practice.
Brad Keselowski was third overall in the opening session with a lap of 189.708 mph, while Kyle Busch (189.499 mph) and Elliott Sadler (189.459 mph) rounded out the top five.
In final practice, Keselowski jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a speed of 193.149 mph in his No. 22 Ford. Sadler, was right behind with a lap of 193.086 mph in his No. 1 Chevrolet. With those two being in the top five of both sessions, as well as over two mph quicker than everyone else in final practice, they have to be the two favorites for the win on Saturday.
Brandon Jones (191.108 mph), Ryan Sieg (190.713 mph) and Denny Hamlin (189.763 mph) were third, fourth and fifth respectively.
The series will qualify at 10 am ET Saturday morning.