JR Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing Drivers Lead Second NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice at Indianapolis

Justin Allgaier led practice at Indianapolis. [John Wiedemann Photo]

Justin Allgaier led practice at Indianapolis. [John Wiedemann Photo]

By Dan Margetta

Speedway, Ind., July 21—While Elliott Sadler led the opening session, Jr. Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier topped the second and final NASCAR Xfinity Series practice session Friday afternoon for the Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250.

Allgaier, who ended the first session second on the speed charts, turned in a lap at 166.485 mph to lead the second practice while Sadler ended the final session in fourth place at 165.883 mph.

Sandwiched between the Jr. Motorsports drivers were Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Matt Tifft and Kyle Busch in second and third respectively with laps of 166.291 mph and 166.162 mph. Busch equaled his showing from the opening practice where he also was third fastest while Tifft improved from tenth in the first session to second in the final practice.

William Byron improved a spot from sixth in the opening practice to complete the second session in fifth place with an average lap speed of 165,874 mph. Paul Menard, driving for Richard Childress Racing, was sixth fastest followed by rookie Ben Kennedy in seventh and Ty Dillon in eighth, driving another RCR Racing entry. Daniel Hemric was ninth in another RCR Racing ride while Blake Koch, one of the three drivers who participated in an October test session with the new aerodynamic rules package was tenth fastest with a lap of 165.329 mph.

The practice session was slowed one time when Timmy Hill experienced mechanical problems in his #13 Toyota.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will qualify Saturday afternoon at 12:45 pm for the Lilly Diabetes 250 which is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm.

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