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The Roush Fenway Racing driver and former Daytona 500 champion paced the session with a lap of 178.672 mph. Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano was second, while Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick, Parker Kligerman and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.
Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch, winner of last weekend's Nationwide race at Bristol, was 10th while fellow Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne was 14th. Nationwide Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was 20th. Hornish leads by six points over Dillon and 11 over Elliott Sadler, who was 18th. Regan Smith, fourth in the standings, was 19th.
The Nationwide cars practice again from 10:30-11:30 a.m. local time Saturday, before qualifying at 4:05 p.m. The race is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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