Series regulars Brian Vickers, Elliott Sadler, Regan Smith, Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne were fastest in the only NASCAR Nationwide Series practice on Friday at Darlington Raceway for tonight's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200.
Vickers set the pace at 171.124 mph as he attempts to get his second win in his ninth Nationwide start at the track. On his way to the 2003 series title, Vickers won the August race that year.
His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sadler was on top of the chart for most of the session at 170.365 mph. After leading 12 laps last May, Sadler was spun on a restart by eventual winner Joey Logano and seeks his first win in his 10th start at the Track Too Tough to Tame
JGR has won the last three Nationwide Series races at the famed track.
In his series debut at the South Carolina superspeedway, Kyle Larson was sixth-fastest and one of seven drivers to turn a lap of 170 mph or better. Kyle Busch, who won from the Coors Light Pole in his last start at the track in 2011, was seventh-fastest.
The Nationwide cars return to the track at 3:35 p.m. ET for qualifying on ESPN2, which also will televise tonight's race at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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FULL SERIES COVERAGE
- Sports & Recreation
- Motor Racing
- Brian Vickers
- Elliott Sadler
- Trevor Bayne
- NASCAR Nationwide Series
- Austin Dillon
- Regan Smith