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Harvick sets pace in final Nationwide practice

June 27, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Harvick sets pace in final Nationwide practice
JR Motorsports driver tops 1-2-3 Chevy sweep on Kentucky leaderboard

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Kevin Harvick registered the fastest lap in final NASCAR Nationwide Series practice Friday morning at Kentucky Speedway.

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Harvick, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular making his eighth Nationwide start of the season, clocked a best lap of 176.910 mph in the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Harvick, who won the inaugural Nationwide race at the 1.5-mile Kentucky track, also prevailed earlier this season at Richmond International Raceway.

Ty Dillon, a former Kentucky winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, was second-fastest at 176.667 mph. He was just ahead of Richard Childress Racing teammate Paul Menard, who ran a 176.580 mph lap to complete a 1-2-3 sweep of the leaderboard by Chevrolet drivers.

Roush Fenway Racing drivers Trevor Bayne and Ryan Reed completed the top five in a pair of Fords.

Defending race winner Brad Keselowski was sixth-fastest. NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith, Harvick's teammate, was 13th-best of the 42 drivers to participate in final practice.

The 80-minute session was slowed by two red flags, one for a solo spin by Tommy Joe Martins in Turn 4 and the other for debris in Turn 2.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Nationwide Series is scheduled later Friday at 3:40 p.m. ET (ESPN2) with the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 slated for 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

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