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John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski Lead Kentucky XFINITY Practices

Part-time drivers John Hunter Nemechek and Ty Majeski led Thursday’s pair of 45-minute practice sessions ahead of Friday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

First practice:

Nemechek, driving the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevy that Tyler Reddick drove to the victory at Kentucky last fall, and that Kyle Larson has won the two most recent NXS races with, posted a best speed of 180.886 mph to lead all drivers.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones was second at 180.493 mph, while Richard Childress Racing’s Daniel Hemric was third at 179.910 mph.

Fourth was RCR’s Matt Tifft at 179.221 mph, and Kyle Busch finished out the top five at 178.577 mph.

Running sixth through 10th were Ryan Reed, Christopher Bell, Michael Annett, Cole Custer and Ty Dillon.

34 cars participated in the practice, Busch completing the most laps at 27, JJ Yeley completed the fewest at three.

Mike Harmon‘s No. 74 was slowest at 160.757 mph, and 2000 series champion Jeff Green did not record an official time.

Second practice:

A late run in the second practice put Ty Majeski up front in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 during the second practice at 181.714 mph, and he was followed by Bell at 181.616 mph.

In third was Hemric at 180.562 mph, and fourth was Busch at 179.970 mph. Tifft rounded out the top five at 179.856 mph.

Running sixth through 10th were Dillon, Paul Menard, Jones, Justin Allgaier and Reed.

There was a brief pause in the action after Ross Chastain got into the wall.

Dillon completed the most laps this session with 40, while Josh Reaume turned the fewest with two.

38 cars took part in this practice, Reaume’s No. 79 was the slowest car on track at 154.750 mph.

Qualifying for the ALSCO 300 will be Friday, July 13, at 5:05 p.m. ET, with the race itself set to begin around 8 p.m. ET, with TV coverage on NBCSN.

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