The top drivers in Xfinity Series practice were Cup drivers, but the best NXS drivers were right there with them when the red and black flags flew for final practice. Kasey Kahne ran 41 laps in practice, but it was the very first lap that was the quickest. Kahne tripped the timing beam at 29.928 seconds for a speed of 180.433 mph. Kyle Busch was just under .05 seconds slower than Kahne on the second of his 62 laps he ran during practice.
Busch crossed the line in 29.981 seconds for a speed of 180.114 mph. Third quickest in practice was Chris Buescher, the points leader in the NXS, with a speed of 180.108 mph.
Rounding out the top five in practice were Regan Smith, who tripped the timing clock at 29.984 seconds for a speed of 180.096 mph, and Erik Jones, whose 29.989-second lap was good for 180.066 mph. Busch was the fastest for a 10-lap average, turning in an average speed of 178.420 mph. Second quick on the 10-lap average was Austin Dillon, who ran 177.935 mph over his best 10 laps. Buescher was third on the 10-lap average list at 177.764 mph.
The second half of the top 10 in practice speeds was Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Brian Scott. Qualifying for the Drive for the Cure 300 will take place at 4:45 p.m. on Friday Oct. 9 with the race taking the green flag at 8 p.m.
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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.