Hemric Crashes In Final Practice, Koch/Larson Lead Practices On Friday

Fort Worth, TX – The NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers took to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway on Friday for two practice sessions. The pair of practices on Friday were the only two chances for the drivers to get their cars dialed in for Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 (8:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN).

In the first practice, Blake Koch topped the 45 minute session with a speed of 189.347 mph in his No. 11 Chevrolet. Koch, was over two mph quicker than the rest of the field as his flying lap was enough to turn some heads.

Daniel Hemric was second quick in his No. 21 Chevrolet with a speed of 187.461 mph. Hemric, was the top playoff eligible driver in the initial session. 

Kyle Larson (187.350 mph), Erik Jones (187.207 mph) and Ryan Blaney (187.201 mph) rounded out the top five. The Dillon brothers of Austin and Ty were sixth and seventh respectively, while the next best playoff eligible driver was eighth fastest on the timing charts. Elliott Sadler turned a lap of 186.316 mph in his No. 1 Chevrolet.

Overall, there were six Chevy drivers in the top eight on the speed charts.

In final practice, Hemric found the wall and did so hard. It was a huge setback for the Richard Childress Racing driver as he was 11th in the session before making contact with the SAFER barrier. Hemric, is also subbing in practice on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series side for Paul Menard.

In the final session, Larson was P1 with a speed of 190.631 mph in his No. 42 Chevrolet. He’s the defending race winner of this event and was in the top three in both practices on Friday.

Blaney, was second quickest with a lap of 188.488 mph in his No. 22 Ford. Jones, the spring Texas race winner, was third overall with a speed of 188.436 mph in his No. 20 Toyota.

That trio are arguably the top three to beat this weekend.

Two JR Motorsports drivers rounded out the top five with rookie William Byron (187.885 mph) being fourth fastest while his teammate of Sadler (187.800 mph) was fifth quick.

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