Points leader Smith sweeps Nationwide practices
July 12, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Regan Smith once again took the spot atop the leaderboard in the final Nationwide Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The series points leader picked up speed for the second practice, running a lap in 29.330 seconds at 129.86 mph. His earlier lap best was 29.720 seconds.
Sam Hornish Jr. moved up to the second spot with minutes to go in the practice, falling just short of taking the top spot with a lap of 29.392 seconds (129.586 mph).
Parker Kligerman took the third spot, making it a Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota top three. Kligerman's late lap of 29.455 seconds and speed of 129.309 mph knocked Brian Scott's lap of 29.506 seconds into fourth.
Brian Vickers took the final spot in the top five, putting him one spot lower on the leaderboard than his fourth-place showing in the earlier session.
There were no incidents during the practice, but a near-miss occured when Kyle Busch moved unknowingly into Smith's line. Busch finished with the 15th-fastest speed after running 34 laps.
Rookie Kyle Larson ran the most laps at 60. Larson finished at 25th on the leaderboard with a lap of 30.423 seconds. Chad Hackenbracht, who is making his debut in the Nationwide Series on Saturday, ended the session in 19th. He ran 24th in the early practice.
Eric McClure got out of the driver seat of the No. 14 halfway through practice because he wasn't feeling well. McClure made it up to 25th on the leaderboard before Jeff Green took laps in the car to prepare for the race shoulde McClure be unable to race on Saturday. Green turned several laps, moving the car to 22nd on the leaderboard, before McClure returned to finish out the practice.
CNBC Prime's "The Profit" 200 will air on ABC at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 13.
EARLY PRACTICE RECAP
NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith topped the first practice ahead of CNBC's Prime the Profit 200, bumping Matt Kenseth from the top spot late in the session with a 29.720-second lap. Smith clocked that time, and speed of 128.156 mph, on his sixth lap.
Kenseth took the second spot with a lap time of 29.908 seconds and speed of 127.351 mph. Kenseth, who won last weekend's Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona, is competing in the series for the eighth time this season. In all but the season-opening race at Daytona, Kenseth has finished in the top 10.
Fellow Cup regular Kyle Busch took the third spot, posting his best on his fifth run for a lap time of 29.925 seconds and speed of 127.278.
Sam Hornish Jr., who is currently second in the points standings, finished the practice with the ninth-best speed. Roush Fenway Racing teammates Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana finished 13th and 16th, respectively.
Nelson Piquet Jr. took the most laps around the track with 38, putting himself in 15th on the leaderboard on his 32nd lap.