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J. Buescher, Blaney top Nationwide Practices

April 24, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

J. Buescher, Blaney top Nationwide Practices
Points leader Chase Elliott was fifth-fastest in final practice session

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NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 1 (Get results)

Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney led the NASCAR Nationwide Series'first practice session at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday. Blaney posted a top speed of 122.421 mph. 

Regan Smith was second-fastest with a speed of 122.388 mph. Trevor Bayne (121.660 mph), Kyle Larson (121.649 mph) and Ty Dillon(121.622 mph) rounded out the top five. 

Points leader Chase Elliott was sixth-fastest with a speed of 121.561 mph.

Daniel Suárez, who is making his Nationwide Series debut at Richmond, posted a speed of 120.428 mph, ranking him 14th-fastest among the rest of the drivers. 

Suárez will pilot the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota with sponsorship from Silent Circle and Telcel.

The second practice session for the Nationwide Series is later today at 2:30 p.m. ET. 

NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 2 (Get results)

James Buescher topped the charts in the final Nationwide Series practice session at Richmond on Thursday.

Buescher posted a top speed of 121.792 mph. His speed in the first session was 121.479 mph, ranking him seventh among the other drivers. 

Earning the second-fastest speed Thursday afternoon was Trevor Bayne at 121.518 mph. Bayne climbed to second place on his 35th and final lap minutes before practice ended.

Rounding out the top five was Nationwide Series rookie Chris Buescher (121.365 mph), fellow rookie Ryan Reed(121.212 mph) and Chase Elliott (121.027 mph).

Ryan Blaney, who led the first practice session, posted a top speed of 119.495 mph in the final run. Blaney was 16th-fastest. Ty Dillon (120.027 mph, 12th), Kyle Busch (119.713 mph, 14th) and Elliott Sadler (119.612 mph, 15th) were among the notables outside the top 10.

NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying will be held Friday at 3:10 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN2. 

The ToyotaCare 250 will run Friday night at 7 p.m. ET, broadcasting on ESPNEWS.

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