Joey Logano was fastest in the first of two Xfinity Series practice sessions at Auto Club Speedway for the Service King 300. Logano, driving Team Penske’s Xfinity No. 22 for the first time this season, posted a speed of 178.904 mph. Logano recorded the speed on the first of 10 laps in the session. The top five was filled by Kyle Larson (177.344), Erik Jones (177.061), Paul Menard (176.852) and Cole Custer (176.570). William Byron and Brandon Jones recorded the most laps in the session with 24 each. Ty Dillon had the best 10-lap average at 173.739 mph.
When NASCAR decided not to fine Austin Dillon for running Cole Custer into a wall last week in Phoenix, other drivers were left wondering how the sport decides who gets fined and who gets away with rambunctious behavior. ''Give me my money back,'' Danica Patrick said Friday at Fontana. Patrick is among several drivers who have been fined for on-track shenanigans seemingly less egregious than the scrape between Dillon and Custer.
Kurt Busch filed a multimillion-dollar countersuit Friday in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Michigan against Sports Management Network, which sued the NASCAR driver for $1.4 million. Busch, who is demanding a jury trial in the counterclaim lawsuit, alleges that the sports management company and its law firm “improperly advantaged themselves” along with the interests of clients Team Penske and Andretti Autosport. The countersuit states that Busch wasn’t made aware of such conflicts and wasn’t advised to seek independent counsel. Busch and SMN entered into a representation contract in 2005 that was extended Aug. 11, 2010 while Busch was driving for Penske (he previously was with Roush Fenway Racing).