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Smith, Dillon top the board in practice

April 11, 2013, Staff report,

Nationwide practice kicks off a full slate of events this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway


Regan Smith and Austin Dillon topped the leaderboard as Thursday evening’s Nationwide Series practice for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 came to a close at Texas Motor Speedway.

Smith turned his sixth, and best, lap in 29.825 seconds for a best speed of 181.056 mph, while Dillon nearly matched, topping out at 180.977 on his fourth lap.

Kyle Busch, who took the checkered flag at the last Nationwide event on March 23 (Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway), was third with a speed of 180.681, while Dillon’s Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick (180.349) and points leader Sam Hornish Jr. (180.138) rounded out the top five.


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Some big names found their way into the top 10, as Matt Kenseth (7th, 180.000), Kasey Kahne (10th, 179.904) also did well.

Reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski was 12th on the speed chart at 179.641. Brian Scott, third in Nationwide points, was 17th with a speed of 179.099. Dale Earnhardt Jr., running in the No. 88 JR Motorsports car, was 18th with a time of 30.168.


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