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Dillon leads final Nationwide practice

October 10, 2013, Staff report,

Hornish Jr. loses the lead at the end

CONCORD, N.C. – Alex Bowman, Trevor Bayne and Brad Sweet led the opening practice for NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway as preparations for Friday night's Dollar General 300 got under way.

Bowman (RAB Racing) ended the session atop the scoreboard with his lap of 182.469 mph on the 1.5-mile track.

Bayne (182.291), Sweet (182.223), Matt Kenseth (182.217) and Kevin Harvick (181.690) completed the top five. A final practice is scheduled to begin at 6:10 p.m. ET.

Series points leader Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) was 13th overall.

Sam Hornish Jr., who trails Dillon by eight, was 10th.

Joey Logano, the defending race winner, was seventh.

In the day's final practice, Dillon jumped to the top of the scoreboard as the practice came to a close, posting a lap of 182.395 mph to displace Hornish Jr. (182.328).

Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) was third, while Logano and Regan Smith (JR Motorsports completed the top five. 

RCR's Brian Scott brushed wall on frontstretch in the final session, but the minor incident failed to halt the action on the track.


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