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Smith tops Dover Nationwide practice

September 27, 2013, Staff report,

Best speed of 154.090 mph puts JR Motorsports driver at top of leaderboard

DOVER, Del. -- Running out of time to get back in the Nationwide Series championship hunt, Regan Smith showed off a fast car in practice Friday at Dover International Speedway.

The JR Motorsports driver was fastest in a marathon session that represented the lone practice for the Nationwide cars at the Monster Mile. Smith paced the two-hour, 10-minute practice with a speed of 154.090 mph. He currently sits third in the standings, 45 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr., with six events remaining in the season.

Brian Scott turned a fast late lap to jump to second-fastest in the session, followed by Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano. Austin Dillon, second in the Nationwide standings and 15 points behind leader Hornish Jr., was fourth on the speed chart. Hornish ranked eighth after the session.

Rookie Alex Bowman was fifth, followed by Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch. Parker Kligerman, Hornish, Brian Vickers and Brad Sweet rounded out the top 10. Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick was 13th.

The session was halted once early when T.J. Duke spun into the wall, and twice later due to debris on the track. Kyle Larson, who was 20th-fastest in the session, grazed the wall and underwent repairs in the garage area for roughly 30 minutes.

Nationwide teams next qualify Saturday at 12:05 p.m. ET and then roll out for the 5-Hour Energy 200 benefitting Living Beyond Breast Cancer at 3:30 p.m. that same day. Logano is the event's defending champion.


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