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Elliott, Larson top Nationwide practices at Bristol

August 21, 2014, Staff report,

Elliott tops opening practice, while Larson tops final practice

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Kyle Larson topped the final Nationwide Series practice for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Larson's lap of 125.313 mph on his 88th lap of the final 90-minute session was the best in the field.

Kyle Busch once again placed second in practice with a fastest lap of 124.525 mph. His impressive career record on the .533-mile track includes seven Nationwide victories, including six wins in the last eight races.


Brian Scott led an impressive showing by Richard Childress Racing's stable of cars. Scott finished in second in the final practice with a time of 124.339 mph. All four RCR cars placed in the top nine of the final practice.

Ryan Blaney, who is making his eighth Nationwide start this season, placed fourth in the final practice with a speed of 124.242 mph. He finished fourth here in the spring race.

Chase Elliott, who topped the opening practice, placed fifth in the final practice with a lap of 124.050 mph. The points leader placed ninth here in March in just his fourth career start in the Nationwide Series. He ran 126 laps in final practice, which was the most run among all drivers.

Contact with the wall by Jeremy Clements brought out a brief caution early in the final practice. There was a second caution for debris that stopped practice for a few minutes.

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Rookie points leader Chase Elliott vaulted to the top of the leaderboard Thursday afternoon in opening NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Elliott, driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, turned a fast lap of 123.324 mph, which ran a few minutes past its allotted time in the original schedule. The rookie logged the most track time by far, running 106 laps to top the next-highest tally -- 89 laps by Dakoda Armstrong.

Elliott's speed eclipsed that of Kyle Busch, who turned a lap at 122.898 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota. Busch rides a streak of three straight Bristol wins in the Nationwide Series heading into Friday night's Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Kevin Harvick and Brian Scott tied for the third-best speed in a pair of Chevrolets. Harvick ran 122.178 mph in the No. 5 JRM Camaro and Scott clocked an identical speed in the Richard Childress Racing No. 2. Ryan Blaney completed the top five in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford.

Elliott carries a 10-point lead over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith in the series standings. Elliott Sadler ranks 16 points back in third place. Smith was seventh-best in first practice with Sadler 15th-best.

Milka Duno, bidding to become the first Hispanic woman to compete in a NASCAR national series race, was 41st-fastest of the 43 drivers to participate in opening practice, more than 1.2 seconds off Elliott's time. Only 40 cars will make the field for Friday night's 300-lap race, the 23rd of 33 events in the 2014 season.


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