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Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer Top Xfinity Practices at Pocono

In a pair of practices for Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascar & Sons, Xfinity Series points leader Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer topped the leaderboard at Pocono Raceway. Christopher Bell wasn’t far behind in either session, as those three topped the charts in both sessions.

Practice One

Coming off of leading a career-high 110 laps and earning his second victory of 2019, Reddick topped the speed charts in opening Xfinity practice.

With a speed of 168.577 mph, Reddick was ahead of Custer by nearly two-tenths of a second (167.348 mph). The third member of the series’ Big Three, Bell, was third on the board (167.075 mph).

Austin Cindric (166.494 mph) and Justin Allgaier (166.476 mph) rounded out the top five. Coming off of his first-career top-five result, Justin Haley was sixth, followed by Austin Dillon, Ryan Sieg, Michael Annett and Jeffrey Earnhardt rounding out the top 10.

There was one incident in the session when John Hunter Nemechek backed the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet into the wall. Nemechek was 16th on the scoring pylon at 163.268 mph.

Thirty-one of 38 cars attempted a lap. Morgan Shepherd was the slowest, 48 mph off the pace (120.363 mph). Haley and Garrett Smithley both ran 15 laps, the most in the 50-minute practice.


Practice Two

The second Xfinity practice didn’t look much different from the first, but this time Custer topped the scoring pylon at 169.383 mph, exactly one-tenth quicker than Reddick (169.065 mph).

Bell was third on the board at 168.259 mph, with Dillon (167.713 mph) and Annett (167.485 mph) rounding out the top 10. Haley, Allgaier, Earnhardt, Noah Gragson and Cindric filled spots six through 10.

Both Reddick and Cindric turned 33 laps, the most in the session. Eight drivers made a run of 10 consecutive laps and Custer was quickest at 167.818 mph. Reddick was right behind at 167.791 mph.


Qualifying gets underway at 10:05 a.m. ET on Saturday (June 1). The green flag for the 250-mile race will drop shortly after 1 p.m. ET.

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Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.

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