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Hit Your Marks: Justin Marks Tops Xfinity Practice at Mid-Ohio

Looking to make the most of a rare opportunity, Justin Marks topped the charts at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Marks put down an 85.082-second lap to lead the way in Friday’s final NASCAR Xfinity Series practice.

Making a rare start for HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi, Marks’s 95.574-mph lap put him ahead of Ty Dillon by a mere .032 seconds. Dillon, who topped the day’s opening practice session, had to settle for second on the charts after laying down an 85.084-second circuit.

Road-course ace Alex Tagliani ended the session in third for Team Penske, with a time of 85.382 seconds. Points leader Chris Buescher (85.430) and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Elliott Sadler (85.598) rounded out the top five.

Brian Scott, Regan Smith, Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan and Boris Said made up the back-half of the top 10.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to Mid-Ohio on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET for Coors Light Pole Qualifying.


142Justin MarksChevroletLinksys95.57485.052Leader
23Ty DillonChevroletYuengling Light Lager95.53885.0840.032
322Alex TaglianiFordDiscount Tire95.20585.3820.33
460Chris BuescherFordZest Ford Mustang95.15285.430.378
51Elliott SadlerFordOneMain Financial Ford Mustang94.96585.5980.546
62Brian ScottChevroletShore Lodge94.94385.6180.566
77Regan SmithChevroletNationwide Children's Hospital94.85885.6940.642
89Chase ElliottChevroletNAPA Auto Parts94.72485.8160.764
962Brendan GaughanChevroletSouth Point94.44186.0731.021
1054Boris SaidToyotaMonster Energy94.38986.121.068
1188Ben RhodesChevroletAlpha Energy Solutions94.19386.2991.247
1220Kenny HabulToyotaSunEnergy194.15486.3351.283
136Darrell Wallace JrFordFord Ecoboost Ford Mustang94.11386.3731.321
1490Andy LallyChevroletSkull Krusher Sports Marketing94.03886.4421.39
1597Dylan KwasniewskiChevroletVroom Brands93.98386.4921.44
1628J.J. YeleyToyotaJGL Racing93.89386.5751.523
1716Ryan ReedFordLilly/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang93.83586.6291.577
1814Cale ConleyToyotaIAVA93.69986.7541.702
1939Ryan SiegChevroletUncle Bob's Self Storage93.56286.8811.829
2033Brandon JonesChevroletKnauf / Menards93.50286.9371.885
2118Daniel SuarezToyotaArris93.43886.9971.945
2251Jeremy ClementsChevroletAllsouthelectric.com-RepairableVehicles.com93.36787.0632.011
2326Tomy DrissiToyotaStraight Outta Compton93.31187.1152.063
2425Dylan LuptonChevroletZaxby's93.28587.1392.087
2543Dakoda ArmstrongSunrise Cooperative92.87287.5272.475
260Michael SelfChevroletAuto Remote Warehouse92.74787.6452.593
2744David StarrToyotaZachry92.66287.7252.673
2815Carlos ContrerasChevroletBYB Extreme Fighting Series92.65387.7342.682
291Ryan EllisChevrolet92.27488.0943.042
308Blake KochToyotaLeafFilter Gutter Protection92.13288.233.178
3113Tim CowenDodgeCowen Logistics92.11288.2493.197
3224Eric McClureToyotaReynolds Wrap91.75888.593.538
3370Derrike CopeChevroletMAPCO89.7190.6125.56
3452Joey GaseChevroletTBA88.38391.9726.92
3574Mike HarmonChevroletWCIParts.com81.33199.94714.895
3689Morgan ShepherdChevroletTBA80.805100.59815.546
3779John JacksonChevroletTBA80.674100.76115.709
3840Josh ReaumeToyotaTBA00-85.052

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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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