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Townley takes final Nationwide practice

May 23, 2013, Staff report,

Final Nationwide practice wraps up ahead of Saturday's History 300

Related: Practice results

CONCORD, N.C. -- John Wes Townley recovered from a spinout in the opening practice to lead the speed chart in the NASCAR Nationwide Series' final session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Townley, driving the No. 25 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, turned a fast lap of 181.087 mph late in the lightly participated 80-minute session. In Saturday's History 300 (2:45 p.m. ET, ABC), he'll be seeking his first lead-lap finish in three career starts at the 1.5-mile track.

Kenny Wallace, who holds the record for the most Nationwide Series starts, was second-fastest at 180.947 mph. Should he qualify for the 40-car field, he will make just his second start of the season in a Robby Benton-owned Toyota but his 893rd career start in the series.

Richard Childress Racing's Brian Scott was third-fastest at 180.590 mph in the No. 2 Chevrolet. Steve Wallace, set to make his first start in the Nationwide series since April 2012, was fourth-best at 179.122 mph in the No. 66 Ford.

Nelson Piquet Jr. (178.986) completed the top five in a Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet.

Series points leader Regan Smith was 11th-fastest of the 25 drivers taking part in the final practice. Despite a scrape with the outside retaining wall during the session, he clocked a 177.398 mph lap.



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