Christopher Bell found his stride as he led both Xfinity Series practice sessions for the CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America Friday (August 23).
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer was sixth, with Jeremy Clements close behind in seventh. Allmendinger’s Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley was eighth quickest, and Tyler Reddick and Regan Smith rounded out the top 10.
There was one red flag posted in the opening period for debris on the course. Dexter Bean also spun, but was able to keep going without any stoppage.
No drivers completed 10 consecutive laps during the session.
The last session was a busy one, but more on that later. The period, again, saw Bell leading the way, posting a lap speed of 108.562 mph, slightly faster than his first run earlier. This time, DiBenedetto went 108.106 mph, taking the second-fastest lap. Kaulig cohorts Allmendinger and Haley were third and fourth, respectively. Custer rounded out the top five, with a lap speed of 107.895 mph.
There were several incidents that brought out the red flag in that lengthy practice period. One that didn’t was Brandon Brown spinning off course in Canada Corner, with a couple of other cars following suit. All three cars were able to return to the track without any further trouble there.
With about 50 minutes left to go in final practice, Brandon Jones made heavy contact to the front of his car exiting the Kink. He has to go to a backup car and will drop to the rear before Saturday’s race.
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Clements car also was stalled on the track during that long red flag.
Qualifying for the CTECH Manufacturing 180 is scheduled for 11:40 a.m. ET Saturday. The session will air live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App. The session will air via tape delay on NBCSN at 1:30 p.m.
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