Pastrana fastest in final Nationwide practice
June 28, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Pastrana’s 175.970 mph and 30.687-second lap was .018 seconds faster than Matt Crafton, who was fastest in Thursday’s opening practice. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Crafton finished 10th in Thursday’s UNOH 225 Truck race and will make his first start in the Nationwide Series this evening.
Series regulars Alex Bowman and Austin Dillon had the third and fourth fastest laps respectively with former Nationwide champion and reigning Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski fifth. Keselowski will run all three national series races this weekend, finishing second in the weekend-opening Truck race.
Like Keselowski, Kyle Busch is scheduled to run all three races at Kentucky. After finishing third last night in his Kyle Busch Motorsports truck, he was 16th fastest in final Nationwide practice for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith was 10th in practice with a 173.299 mph lap. Justin Allgaier, who trails Smith by 31 points for second in the season standings, was eighth fastest at 173.891 mph. Sam Hornish Jr., who fell to third in the standings last week at Road America, was ninth quickest at 173.773 mph.
Two drivers made 10 consecutive laps with Bowman’s average speed of 170.605 mph bettering Landon Cassill’s 166.438 mph average.
Pastrana will roll off last in Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 3:35 p.m. ET on SPEED as he attempts to win his second pole of the season. He started on the point at Talladega last month.