Conley tops final NNS practice at Chicago
July 18, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 1 (Results)
With the Nationwide Series hosting the sole on-track activity in the world of NASCAR this weekend, Brian Scott topped opening practice for Saturday's EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.
The Richard Childress Racing driver, currently fifth in points and seeking his first Nationwide victory, set the pace on his second of just five laps at 172.806 mph. Scott was followed by Chris Buescher (172.623 mph), Chase Elliott (172.568), Brendan Gaughan (172.342) and Kyle Larson (171.810), one of just two full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers in the race, to round out the top five.
Defending pole-winner Sam Hornish Jr. was next, placing sixth with a best speed of 171.723 mph on his first of 10 laps.
The other Cup driver in the field of 40 cars, Kasey Kahne, was seventh at 171.396 mph.
Ryan Blaney, driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford that Joey Logano rode to victory in last season's event, was 13th at 170.767 mph. Points leader Regan Smith (170.154 mph) was close behind in 15th.
NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE 2 (Results)
Conley posted a high speed of 175.262 mph. The Richard Childress Racing part-timer was 11th-fastest in Friday's opening practice.
Following Conley was Brendan Gaughan, posting a speed of 174.961 mph.
Erik Jones, who is making his Nationwide Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing at Chicagoland, came in at sixth-fastest and posted a speed of 174.064 mph. Jones drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series.
Brian Scott was fastest in Friday's opening practice, but was slower in the final session with an 11th-place speed of 172.667 mph.
The Nationwide Series' Coors Light Pole qualifying will take place Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 2.
The EnjoyIllinois.com 300 will run Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN2.