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Recaps of Thursday's practices at Kentucky

June 26, 2014, Staff report,

Kyle Busch sets pace in NASCAR Nationwide Series practice


Less than two hours after winning the Keystone Light Pole Award for Thursday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch again found himself atop the leaderboard.

Driving the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch recorded the fastest lap in a 55-minute NASCAR Nationwide Series practice. Busch logged his speed of 174.729 mph on his second of 34 laps before switching vehicles and climbing back into his No. 51 Toyota Tundra for the Truck Series race.

Ryan Blaney, poised to make his sixth Nationwide Series in 2014, was second with a top speed of 174.498 mph. He'll drive the No. 12 Team Penske Ford this weekend, leaving the No. 22 to Brad Keselowski (who finished 10th in practice).



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Richard Childress Racing teammates Brian Scott (174.441 mph) and Paul Menard (174.419 mph) placed third and fourth, respectively, one day after showing plenty of speed in two testing sessions.

Corey Lajoie was fifth with a speed of 174.329 mph, which he set on his 21st and final lap.

Series points leader Regan Smith finished 16th with a speed of 172.397 mph while JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott (173.433 mph) was 11th.

Thursday's session was the lone on-track time for the Nationwide Series, which had five-and-a-half hours of test sessions at the 1.5-mile track on Wednesday.

Final practice is at 9 a.m. ET Friday (FOX Sports 1), with Coors Light Pole Qualifying following at 3:40 p.m. (FS1) and the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 capping the day at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN).

NCWTS Practice 1 | NCWTS Final Practice

German Quiroga swept top honors in both NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices Thursday morning, leading a strong showing for Red Horse Racing at Kentucky Speedway.

Quiroga drove the No. 77 Toyota to a best speed of 175.501 mph in the opening hour-long practice on the 1.5-mile track. He upped the pace in the 90-minute final practice, turning a chart-topping lap of 176.028 mph.

Timothy Peters, Quiroga's Red Horse teammate, was second-fastest at 174.899 mph in final practice and fifth-best in the early session.

Austin Dillon was third-fastest in final practice, just ahead of fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch. Tayler Malsam completed the top five in final practice.

Busch was second-fastest in the early practice, followed by Ryan Blaney, Joey Coulter and Peters ahead of the UNOH 225 (8 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).

Camping World Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter was 11th-fastest in opening practice and 12th-best in final practice in the ThorSport Racing No. 98 Toyota.

John Wes Townley brought one a caution period in the second session when he spun his No. 5 Toyota and made slight contact with the outside retaining wall. He was 19th-fastest of the 31 drivers who took part in final practice.


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