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Recapping Nationwide Series practices at Richmond

September 04, 2014, Staff report,

Buescher, Dillon top practice sessions

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Nationwide Series final practice  | Results

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ty Dillon topped the rain-shortened NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice at Richmond International Raceway.

After signs of lightning, officials threw the red flag and cleared the spotters' stand at approximately 3:18 p.m. ET.

Dillon posted a speed of 118.603 mph on his third lap. In the series' first session Dillon was second-fastest.

Second-fastest was Kyle Busch (117.714 mph).


Cale Conley (117.678 mph), Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott (117.632 mph) and Brian Scott (117.437 mph) completed the top-five fastest drivers.

Chris Buescher, who was fastest in opening practice, lapped the Virginia track at 117.203 mph. He was seventh-fastest in the final session.

Kevin Harvick, winner of April's Richmond race, completed 14 laps before the rain came out to post an eighth-fastest speed of 117.121 mph. 

The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to the track Friday for the Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET with TV coverage on ESPN2.

Nationwide Series practice 1 | Results

Chris Buescher topped the NASCAR Nationwide Series first practice Thursday at Richmond International Raceway.

Buescher lapped the Virginia track at a high speed of 120.11 mph on his second lap.

In two starts at the track, Buescher has earned one top-10 finish, coming in April 2014. Buescher earned his first career Nationwide win this season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ty Dillon was second-fastest in the first session with a speed of 119.846 mph.

Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott (119.798 mph), Jeff Green (119.506 mph) and Landon Cassill (119.179 mph) completed the top-five fastest. 

Kevin Harvick, who won at Richmond in April, came out at the tail-end of practice and ran three laps and posting a speed of 116.174 mph.

The Nationwide Series returns to the track at 2:30 p.m. ET for the final practice for the Virginia529 College Savings 250. 


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