Logano, C. Buescher pace Nationwide practices
April 10, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Joey Logano, just three days removed from his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season, and rookie Chris Buescher set the pace in NASCAR Nationwide Series practice sessions Thursday afternoon at Darlington Raceway.
Logano -- scheduled to make just his second Nationwide Series start of the season in Friday night's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) -- turned a fast lap of 169.380 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford in the hourlong opening session. Logano prevailed on the 1.366-mile track in 2012 for his only Darlington victory.
Buescher, in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, went even faster in leading the 90-minute final practice, lapping the historic track at a speed of 170.365 mph. He'll be making just his 15th career Nationwide start in Friday's 200-miler.
Kyle Busch, the defending race winner and a two-time pole starter at Darlington in the Nationwide Series, was second-fastest in both practice sessions. He ran 168.700 mph in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the opening session and turned in a consistent 168.758 mph lap in the final practice.
Sprint Cup rookie phenom Kyle Larson (168.613 mph) was third-fastest in opening practice in the No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet. Buescher (168.371) and Dakoda Armstrong (168.301) completed the top five.
In final practice, rookie Ty Dillon (168.469 mph) was third-fastest in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Trevor Bayne (168.296) and rookie points leader Chase Elliott (168.117), last week's breakthrough winner in the Nationwide Series, filled out the top five in final preparation.
Rookie Dylan Kwasniewski, a NASCAR Next class member, endured an eventful day in his first official visit to Darlington. After scraping the wall with the right side of his No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet in the opening session, his team was forced to change engines during the second session, bringing a premature end to his day.
Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the series is scheduled for Friday at 4:05 p.m. ET.