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John Hunter Nemechek Fastest in Phoenix Xfinity Practice

John Hunter Nemechek ran the fastest lap during the 50-minute practice session for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship race Friday (Nov. 3) at Phoenix Raceway.

He clinched the position with a 130.063 mph run in his No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Cole Custer ran the second-fastest lap; also in the Xfinity Championship 4, Custer ran a best speed of 129.417 mph.

Riley Herbst grabbed the third spot with a 128.972 mph run. Justin Allgaier was fourth — and third fastest of the championship-eligible drivers — with a best lap of 128.949 mph.

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Sammy Smith, who won at Phoenix earlier this year, rounded out the top five.

Jeb Burton, Brandon Jones, Josh Berry, Sheldon Creed and Sam Mayer rounded out the top 10, Mayer as the slowest Championship 4 driver.

There were no major incidents during the session apart from a brief red flag with just under 17 minutes remaining after JJ Yeley‘s No. 08 hit the wall. He went into the garage following the incident and was ranked in 26th by the end of the session.

Phoenix Xfinity Practice Results

The final Xfinity qualifying session of 2023 will be held on Saturday (Nov. 4) at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on USA Network. The championship race will be held at 7 p.m. ET. and broadcast on USA Network.

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