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Elliott, Scott pace Nationwide practices

May 16, 2014, Staff report,

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NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott and Brian Scott set the pace in a busy opening day full of practice Friday at Iowa Speedway.


Elliott closed out practices on Friday with the highest speed of the session (135.566 mph). Elliott's speed in the third session topped both of his speeds in the earlier two practices.

Coming in at second-fastest was Brendan Gaughan with a speed of 134.180 mph.

Elliott, driving the JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet, set a fast lap of 134.690 mph on the .875-mile track in the opening three-hour practice, just ahead of Scott's 134.546 mph lap. Elliott will be vying for his third victory in 10 races this season in Sunday's Get to Know Newton 250 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Scott and Elliott alternated their 1-2 spots in the day's second practice, a two-hour session. Scott's leaderboard-topping lap in the second session was a slightly faster 134.811 mph in the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet, compared to Elliott's 134.656.

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers placed third in each session. Early in the day, it was the No. 54 JGR Toyota of Sam Hornish Jr., last year's Nationwide Series runner-up, taking the last spot on the podium. Elliott Sadler -- winner of the series' most recent race, at Talladega -- was third-fastest in the No. 11 JGR entry in session No. 2.

Defending race winner Trevor Bayne was fifth- and fourth-fastest respectively.

Teams showed some reluctance to get on the track in the initial three-hour session. With temperatures opening up in the upper 30s in the Hawkeye State, teams opted to allow more warmth to build in the track before making practice runs in earnest.

The Nationwide Series final practice will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Nationwide Series Coors Light Qualifying will be held Saturday evening at 7:10 p.m. ET.

You can catch the running of the Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN.


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