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Kligerman, Sweet take Nationwide practices

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Parker Kligerman once again showed serious Daytona speed, topping the leaderboard in the final Nationwide Series practice on Thursday ahead of the Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.

Kligerman, who was third in the opening session earlier in the day, ran nine laps, the last of which was good for a best speed of 184.000 mph with a lap time of 48.813 seconds. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver was followed by Joe Nemechek (183.996, 48.914), Robert Richardson (178.752, 50.349), Jason White (178.742, 50.352) and defending race-winner Kurt Busch (178.579, 50.398) to round out the top-five. Reigning Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher (178.056, 50.546), running just his second Nationwide race of the season, was sixth, while current points leader Regan Smith (175.970, 51.145) was 10th. Only 21 drivers participated in the final practice, which saw Richardson run the most laps (12).

In the opening session, JR Motorsports teammates Brad Sweet and Smith nearly matched each other atop the leaderboard, with Sweet running his 15th lap in 46.688 seconds at 192.769 mph and Smith running his 22nd in 46.689 seconds with a speed of 192.765.

The duo knocked Kligerman and Austin Dillon from the top, but they still finished right behind the two Chevrolets. Kligerman and Dillon each ran their fifth lap in 47.117 seconds for a best speed of 191.014 mph. Dillon, one of four participants in the Dash 4 Cash Sweepstakes, is looking for his second consecutive pole and his sixth in his past seven races.

Travis Pastrana was fifth on the leaderboard with a best speed of 190.730 mph, achieved on his 13th lap. Trevor Bayne (190.706), Kyle Larson (190.299), Justin Allgaier (190.293), Busch  (190.227), and Ty Dillon (190.210) completed the top-10. Larson, Elliott Sadler (13th, 189.938), and Brian Vickers (14th, 189.909) join Austin Dillon as the other three participants in Dash 4 Cash.  

Sprint Cup Series regulars Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch finished 11th, 16th, and 17th, respectively. They did not participate in the final practice.

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