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Kyle Busch tops Nationwide final practice

March 01, 2013, Staff report,

Joe Gibbs Racing driver up one spot on Phoenix speed charts

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Kyle Busch, second in the first practice, upped his game to first place on the speed charts in the second and final NASCAR Nationwide Series practice Friday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway.


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Busch posted a lap of 132.115 mph on the 1-mile oval in preparation for Saturday's Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas. His Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was just ahead of Daytona 500 champ Jimmie Johnson's 131.791 mph lap.

Star rookie Kyle Larson was third in a Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet at 131.555 mph. Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott completed the top five.

Austin Dillon, tops in the first practice, was 13th in the second session.

Aric Almirola -- filling in for the injured Michael Annett, who had surgery Friday on his broken and dislocated sternum -- was 15th-fastest in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Mustang.

Ryan Sieg, racing in place of the suspended Jeremy Clements, was 29th in the No. 51 Chevrolet.

The 50-minute session was slowed once by a caution period, caused by debris in the first turn 10 minutes in.


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