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Dillon, Harvick take Friday Nationwide practices

March 15, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Dillon, Harvick take Friday Nationwide practices
No. 3 driver sneaks up leaderboard late; Harvick takes second practice before being involved in crash

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Kevin Harvick may have taken the ninth spot in each the morning Nationwide practice and early afternoon Sprint Cup practice, but the third time was the charm for the Chevrolet driver, as he earned the top spot in the second practice for the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

Harvick ran a total of 55 laps, his 51st being his best with a best time of 15.488 seconds and best speed of 123.889 mph. Justin Allgaier (15.505), Trevor Bayne (15.515), Sam Hornish Jr. (15.531), and Brad Keselowski (15.540) rounded out the top five.

With just over five minutes remaining in practice, Brad Sweet collided with Joey Gase in a near T-bone hit that also involved Harvick and Brad Teague.

Austin Dillon took the first session but finished 16th with a best speed of 122.123. Alex Bowman, who finished second in the morning practice, was seventh in the later session.

Defending race winner Elliot Sadler ran his 62nd lap of the session in 15.716, good for 17th overall. 

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Practice one recap

Having won three of his last six starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski pulled into the garage with the lead in Friday’s early practice for the Nationwide Series Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 race in Bristol, Tenn., but Austin Dillon had other plans.

Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet snuck by Keselowski late in the morning session to take the top overall time, spinning its 29th lap in 15.451 seconds with a best speed of 124.186 mph. Keselowski ran his 20th lap in a best time of 15.598 seconds, averaging a best speed of 123.016. Placing third in last spring’s Nationwide race, Keselowski ran a total of 23 laps on Friday.

Alex Bowman also found himself near the top of the leaderboard late, placing second on his 54th lap with a time of 15.495 and speed of 123.833.  Regan Smith (123.166) and Kyle Busch (122.584) rounded out the top five.

Elliott Sadler, who won this race in 2012, was 12th overall with a best time 15.780 and best speed of 121.597. Current points leader Sam Hornish Jr., last week’s winner, finished just ahead of Sadler with a time of 15.779. Justin Allgaier, second in points, finished in eighth, achieving a top speed of 122.318.

Travis Pastrana had a disappointing opening session, placing 27th with a top speed of 119.701.

Chris Buescher ran the most laps -- 81 -- and finished 25th.

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