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Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon Quickest in Friday 2015 Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Practices at Bristol

The NASCAR Xfinity Series makes its return to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, and two Cup Series regulars topped the board with Denny Hamlin pacing the first session with a time of 15.715 seconds and Austin Dillon leading Happy Hour at 15.423 seconds.

During the first session, Brian Scott was second quickest behind Hamlin by three thousandths of a second. Joey Logano, Erik Jones and Dillon rounded out the top five. In final practice, Hamlin slipped to second, followed by Daniel Suarez, Chris Buescher and Scott.

There were no major incidents during the first practice. However, in Happy Hour, reigning Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott got into the wall, but was able to get back on track after replacing the deck lid on the No. 9 car. Rookie Brennan Poole spun out and hit the inside wall, and finished the session 15th after getting back out on track. Poole ran the most laps in the first practice with 98.

Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick also spun in final practice but didn’t receive any damage.

Elliott Sadler, Jones and Logano ran the most laps, circling around Bristol over 100 times in final practice.

Qualifying for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. ET. on Saturday, with the race set to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.



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