Bayne posts fastest time in final practice

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Trevor Bayne continued a strong day for Roush Fenway Racing, following up Carl Edwards' Sprint Cup Series pole by topping the final Nationwide Series practice session with a best speed of 182.989 mph on Friday night.

Ty Dillon, running the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet this weekend, was second, just off Bayne's pace with a speed of 182.778 ahead of Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Brad Keselowski (182.574), Justin Allgaier (182.463) and points leader Austin Dillon completed the top five. Keselowski, along with Kyle Busch (sixth, 182.223), is running all three races this weekend.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., making his 2013 series debut after winning the title last season, and Sprint Cup Series points leader Matt Kenseth were next on the leaderboard in seventh and eighth, respectively. Sam Hornish Jr., eight points behind Dillon in second place, was 19th on the leaderboard in the final session.

In the first practice, Alex Bowman, looking to match his spring showing at Texas Motor Speedway, led the field. His earlier showing at the track earned the rookie his first career pole.

The 20-year-old Bowman ran his 21st and final lap with a speed 182.180 mph, besting runner-up Ty Dillon's speed of 182.082 mph. He was 20th in the second practice.

Parker Kligerman (182.070) was third. Hornish Jr. (181.947) and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski rounded out the
top five.

Busch (181.665), who swept both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races here in the spring, was seventh on the chart. Dillon (181.507) was eighth.

Denny Hamlin, who will be making his first series start of the season but had two top-five finishes here last season, was 14th in the first and 12th in the second.

Currently third place in the standings but 52 points back, Regan Smith was 15th with a speed of 180.343 in the opener but improved to 11th in the second.




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