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Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton Lead NASCAR Xfinity Practices in Fontana

Noah Gragson and Harrison Burton were fastest in the two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions at Auto Club Speedway on Friday afternoon (Feb. 28), under sunny skies in Southern California.

In the first practice, Gragson was quickest with the top speed of 177.139 miles per hour. Austin Cindric was second, followed by Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones and Burton.

During the first practice, Alex Labbe blew his engine and laid down oil all over the racetrack. The red flag came out to clean up the oil, and the cleanup took approximately 20 minutes.


Shortly after that occurred, Tommy Joe Martins blew an engine and hit the wall in turns 3 and 4. The car caught on fire but was quickly extinguished.

In the second session, which was only 25 minutes in length, it was Burton topping the charts with a speed of 168.409 mph. Gragson was second, followed by Cindric, Chase Briscoe and Jones to round out the top five.


There were no incidents in the final session.

Qualifying for the Xfinity Series’s race at Auto Club will be Saturday (Feb. 29) at 1:05 p.m. ET. The race will go green at 4 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.


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