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Christopher Bell Leads Both Xfinity Practices at Michigan

Christopher Bell led the two practice sessions at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon. Bell led the first practice with a speed of 188.763 mph.


In the first session, there was only one incident when Riley Herbst backed the No. 18 into the wall and will be going to a backup for the race. Since he will be going to a backup car, he will be going to the rear of the field to start the race.

Tyler Reddick was second in the first session, followed by Cole Custer, Justin Haley, Ryan Sieg and Justin Allgaier rounding out the Top 5. Landon Cassill practiced the #4 car for Ross Chastain as Chastain is in Texas for the Truck race. Cassill was 19th quickest in the first session.

Justin Allgaier was sixth in the session. John Hunter Nemechek was seventh, while Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe finished out the top 10.

Only three drivers posted 10-lap average speeds in the session, with Allgaier showing the way with a 10-lap average of 186. 559 mph.

In the second practice, there were no incidents, with Bell again topping the charts with a lap speed of 189.021 mph. Custer was second in this practice, followed by Reddick, Dillon Bassett,  and Cassill rounding out the Top 5.

In sixth was Sieg, Allgaier seventh, Gragson eighth, with Justin Haley and Jeb Burton completing the top 10.

12 drivers ran at least 10 consecutive laps in final practice, with Haley posting the top average speed of 185. 958 mph.


Qualifying is set for Saturday, June 8th, at 10:35 AM ET on FS1.

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