Recaps of Thursday's practices at Kentucky
June 26, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE | RESULTS
Driving the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch recorded the fastest lap in a 55-minute NASCAR Nationwide Series practice. Busch logged his speed of 174.729 mph on his second of 34 laps before switching vehicles and climbing back into his No. 51 Toyota Tundra for the Truck Series race.
Ryan Blaney, poised to make his sixth Nationwide Series in 2014, was second with a top speed of 174.498 mph. He'll drive the No. 12 Team Penske Ford this weekend, leaving the No. 22 to Brad Keselowski (who finished 10th in practice).
Corey Lajoie was fifth with a speed of 174.329 mph, which he set on his 21st and final lap.
Thursday's session was the lone on-track time for the Nationwide Series, which had five-and-a-half hours of test sessions at the 1.5-mile track on Wednesday.
Final practice is at 9 a.m. ET Friday (FOX Sports 1), with Coors Light Pole Qualifying following at 3:40 p.m. (FS1) and the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 capping the day at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN).
Quiroga drove the No. 77 Toyota to a best speed of 175.501 mph in the opening hour-long practice on the 1.5-mile track. He upped the pace in the 90-minute final practice, turning a chart-topping lap of 176.028 mph.
Timothy Peters, Quiroga's Red Horse teammate, was second-fastest at 174.899 mph in final practice and fifth-best in the early session.
Camping World Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter was 11th-fastest in opening practice and 12th-best in final practice in the ThorSport Racing No. 98 Toyota.
John Wes Townley brought one a caution period in the second session when he spun his No. 5 Toyota and made slight contact with the outside retaining wall. He was 19th-fastest of the 31 drivers who took part in final practice.