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Ryan Reed, Chad Finchum Lead XFINITY Practices at Daytona

At the top of the charts in Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series practices ahead of Friday night’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway were Ryan Reed and Chad Finchum.

First practice:

Reed, two-time winner at Daytona put the Roush Fenway No. 16 to the top of the leaderboard with a top speed of 196.143 mph. He was followed by Justin Haley (195.869 mph) in a second GMS Racing entry, the No. 24. Ryan Truex was third (195.831 mph), while Austin Cindric (195.520 mph) and Shane Lee (195.312 mph) rounded out the top five.

Chase Elliott was sixth in the GMS No. 23 Chevrolet, filling in for the recently reinstated Spencer Gallagher. Alex Labbe, Joey Gase, Ryan Blaney and Timmy Hill rounded out the top 10.

Thirty-six of the 41 entries participated in the practice session, with Christopher Bell running the most laps at 25. Ross Chastain was the only driver to post a solitary lap.

Mike Harmon‘s No. 74 was the slowest car on track at 181.152 mph. After finishing 13th at Talladega Superspeedway, the last restrictor plate race, the No. 93 of Jeff Green did not post an official time.

Second practice:

Only ten cars took part in the second 50-minute session, and Chad Finchum‘s No. 40 was at the top of the charts with a top speed of 185.567 mph.

The rest of the order were Hill, Jeremy Clements, Labbe, Ray Black Jr., Green, Josh Williams, Harmon, Josh Bilicki and Brandon Hightower.

Finchum ran the most laps at nine, while Clements turned the fewest at one.

The Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 will be Friday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET, with TV coverage on NBCSN.

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Wesley has been with Fronstretch since October 2017. He loves well-told stories in whatever format he finds them. Aside from NASCAR, he enjoys reading, country music and OKC Thunder basketball. He has a BA in Liberal Arts/English and currently lives in eastern Oklahoma, where he works as a freelance writer/editor.

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