Looking to get himself back into the championship picture, Regan Smith led the final practice for the 5-hour ENERGY 200 benefiting Beyond Breast Cancer. Smith topped the charts with a lap of 23.363 seconds on Friday afternoon.
“We focused on trying to get the balance right and find out where we’re going to be once the race starts,” Smith commented. “It’s interesting today because the sun has been in and out. We feel like the sun is going to be out most of the day tomorrow. We tried a lot of different things with the Drive Sober, Arrive Alive Chevy. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I think we’ve got some ideas for where we want to be and we’ll get it there when the time is right.”
Smith comes into the weekend sitting third in points, 45 points behind points leader Sam Hornish Jr. with six races remaining on the schedule. Smith hasn’t had the best success at Dover in the past, though, as he only has one top 10 finish, which came earlier this year.
Brian Scott timed in second quickest, 0.040 seconds off of Smith’s quick time. Scott has ran strong the past couple of weeks, looking like he could pick up his first career victory. He has one top five and three top 10s at Dover in three starts.
Joey Logano timed in third quickest, 0.060 seconds off of Smith. Logano is trying to give the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team their second straight victory following Ryan Blaney’s win last weekend at Kentucky. Logano has three wins, five top fives and six top 10s in nine Dover starts.
Austin Dillon timed in fourth quickest as he enters Dover sitting second in points, 15 points behind Hornish. Dillon has three top 10s in three Dover starts. Alex Bowman rounded out the top five.
Kyle Busch timed in sixth followed by Parker Kligerman, points leader Sam Hornish Jr., Brian Vickers and Brad Sweet.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will qualify tomorrow morning before they race at 3:30 pm EST tomorrow. The race can be seen live on ESPN 2.