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NXS: Austin Dillon Tops First Practice for Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Austin Dillon wanted to run more XFINITY races to give himself some more seat time, and so far, it’s going really well. Dillon would lead the first practice with a lap of 29.838 seconds.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., making his second XFINITY start of the year, was second quickest, followed by his JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith. Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five, followed by Ty Dillon, Aric Almirola, Brendan Gaughan, Daniel Saurez and Erik Jones.

Brian Scott wouldn’t get any laps on track, as he would blow a motor at the beginning of the session.

“Coming through the gears, I couldn’t get it in fourth gear,” Scott commented. “It was grinding all the way through and once I got to fourth gear, it just shut off. It’s the first motor that I have blew with these guys as the ECR engines are good.”

14 drivers missed the first 15 minutes of practice due to being late to inspection last week – Elliott Sadler, Ross Chastain, Darrell Wallace Jr., Smith, Elliott, Cale Conley, Saurez, Jones, Blaney, Denny Hamlin and Earnhardt. Saurez also missed the beginning of practice due to being under the weather, as Joe Gibbs Racing got Matt Kenseth to practice the car till Saurez was ready.

Many drivers missed the first couple of minutes practice, though, as a result of technical inspection delays.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” Almirola said. Whether less officials or issues in technical inspection, but we just weren’t through tech yet. It’s making it harder on everybody. There’s only been a handful of drivers that have gotten on the track anyway.”

 

POS DRIVER LAPS FAST SPEED FAST TIME BEHIND
1 #33 Austin Dillon 11 180.977 29.838 Leader
2 #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12 179.414 30.098 0.260
3 #7 Regan Smith 9 178.453 30.260 0.422
4 #22 Ryan Blaney 13 178.165 30.309 0.471
5 #54 Denny Hamlin 11 177.954 30.345 0.507
6 #3 Ty Dillon 10 177.743 30.381 0.543
7 #98 Aric Almirola 11 177.591 30.407 0.569
8 #62 Brendan Gaughan 11 177.567 30.411 0.573
9 #18 Daniel Suarez 14 177.363 30.446 0.608
10 #20 Eric Jones 19 177.177 30.478 0.640
11 #8 Blake Koch 6 176.910 30.524 0.686
12 #1 Elliott Sadler 6 176.788 30.545 0.707
13 #60 Chris Buescher 15 176.788 30.545 0.707
14 #9 Chase Elliott 15 176.384 30.615 0.777
15 #19 Mike Bliss 7 175.873 30.704 0.866
16 #4 Ross Chastain 2 175.827 30.712 0.874
17 #39 Ryan Sieg 14 175.776 30.721 0.883
18 #16 Ryan Reed 14 175.667 30.740 0.902
19 #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. 12 175.490 30.771 0.933
20 #25 John Wes Townley 11 174.746 30.902 1.064
21 #42 Brennan Poole 35 174.025 31.030 1.192
22 #28 J.J. Yeley 6 173.790 31.072 1.234
23 #43 Dakoda Armstrong 8 173.466 31.130 1.292
24 #51 Jeremy Clements 5 173.321 31.156 1.318
25 #14 Cale Conley 24 172.607 31.285 1.447
26 #1 Landon Cassill 9 172.590 31.288 1.450
27 #44 David Starr 10 171.881 31.417 1.579
28 #24 Eric McClure 9 171.679 31.454 1.616
29 #13 Derek White 25 169.630 31.834 1.996
30 #0 Harrison Rhodes 5 168.824 31.986 2.148
31 #52 Joey Gase 10 168.062 32.131 2.293
32 #55 Jamie Dick 5 167.177 32.301 2.463
33 #90 Mario Gosselin 7 162.318 33.268 3.430
34 #40 Carl Long 0 0.000 0.000
35 #2 Brian Scott 0 0.000 0.000

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