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Dillon tops final Nationwide practice

September 13, 2013, Staff report,

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JOLIET, Ill. -- Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson divided leaderboard honors in Friday’s practices for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway.

Dillon set the pace in the 75-minute final practice in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet by turning a lap of 179.748 mph. His fast lap, run in cooler early evening conditions, was faster than the 177.055 mph by Larson that topped opening practice.

Rookie Alex Bowman was second-fastest in the opening 75-minute practice. Justin Allgaier, Kyle Busch and Dillon rounded out the top five .

Series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was eighth-fastest on the speed chart in opening practice, but did not participate in the nightcap. Dale Earnhardt Jr., making just his fourth Nationwide start of the season and his first since April, was 13th-fastest early and 18th-fastest late. 

Travis Pastrana brought out two yellow flags in the final session with a pair of solo incidents. He spun his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford out of Turn 2 just 25 minutes in, then backed his car into the outside wall in Turn 4 just 20 minutes later. 

Despite the mishaps, Pastrana still left final practice with the 10th-fastest speed. Maryeve Dufault also spun her No. 79 Ford with 25 minutes left in the 75-minute session. 

Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday at 12:05 p.m. ET., with the series’ 26th of 33 races this season set for a 3:30 p.m. ET start.


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