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Dillon fastest in only Nationwide practice

May 31, 2013, Staff report,

Charlotte winner Kyle Busch can't hold on to top spot

Austin Dillon was fastest in the single Nationwide practice at Dover International Speedway, the only driver to hit a speed above 152 mph. His speed of 152.433 and best lap of 23.617 seconds shot him to the top of the leaderboard with less than five minutes left in the practice session. Dillon ran a total of 58 laps, getting his top speed on his second-to-last.


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Alex Bowman, who was among the drivers spending the most time on the track, finished the practice with the second-fastest speed of 151.305. His best lap came on Lap 73 of 74.

Brian Vickers took the third spot with a best time .001 seconds off that of Bowman. Brian Scott clocked a lap of 23.8 seconds, making him the fourth-fastest on the leaderboard.

Trevor Bayne took the final position in the top-five.

Kyle Busch, aiming for a three-race sweep at Dover, spent much of the practice atop the leaderboard, with a fastest lap of 23.918 on his 10th lap. He fell to second after Regan Smith ran faster, continuing to fall until he landed in eigth as the practice wound down.

Michael Annett, who made his return to racing last week after recovering from a sternum injury, was 16th-fastest. Travis Pastrana ran 66 laps but only reached 24th on the leaderboard. Smith took the most turns about the Monster Mile, ending practice with 75 laps under his belt.

Joey Logano, who swept both 2012 Nationwide Series races at Dover in 2012, was 13th-fastest in the practice. Carl Edwards, who will not race in the Nationwide event this year, won both races for that series at Dover in 2011; Busch won the two in 2010. Qualifying for the 5-Hour Energy 200 will take place at 11:05 a.m. ET Saturday and will air on ESPN2.


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