NXS: Erik Jones Paces Final Practice for Heads Up Georgia 250

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Erik Jones has been one of the fastest cars all day throughout XFINITY Series practice, and that didn’t change in final practice. Jones put down a quick lap of 30.551 seconds to lead the way. Jones was quickest in first practice, and backed that up with a second-place effort in the second practice of the day.

The Joe Gibbs’ cars continued their quick speeds this afternoon as Kyle Busch took second in practice with a best lap of 30.641. The Gibbs’ trio of Jones, Busch and Daniel Suarez all aim to bring an XFINITY Series trophy from Atlanta home to the JGR shop for the first time.

Last week’s polesitter at Daytona, Ty Dillon, wrapped up practice in the third spot. Dillon broke up the Gibbs’ brigade with his run in third. Dillon ran more than 30 laps in the session, and was aiming to do more laps in race trim, rather than qualifying trim, as track conditions during this session will be closer to the conditions of the race tomorrow afternoon.

“It’s really important to have a good race car, so that’s what we’re really focussed on,” said Dillon. “Having enough speed for qualifying, we’ll fine tune a little bit, but really happy with the way it’s driving as far as long runs.”

Daniel Suarez was fourth in practice after leading the way in the early afternoon session. Suarez will run double duty tomorrow in both the Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series.

Kyle Larson posted a quick time in practice that was good enough for fifth. Larson looks to have a strong run in Atlanta after issues at Daytona dropping him to a 34th place finish. The last time he raced at a 1.5 mile race in an XFINITY Series car was at Homestead where Larson scored a dominating win. The only issue Larson had in practice was a right-rear tire rub as the track opened for practice.

“Ever since we’ve built our own XFINITY cars we’ve had that problem,” said Larson. “I don’t know why, but hopefully they get that fixed, so we don’t have that issue in the race. At Texas last year, we we’re gonna win when we cut a left rear.”

Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Brennan Poole and Jeb Burton rounded out the top-10 in final practice. Harvick has won the last three races at Atlanta, and will try to become the first driver to win four consecutive XFINITY Series races at Atlanta.

Todd Peck and Carl Long were the only two drivers who did not take a time in final practice.

 

POS DRIVER LAPS FAST SPEED FAST TIME BEHIND
1 #20 Erik Jones 34 181.467 30.551 Leader
2 #18 Kyle Busch 41 180.934 30.641 0.090
3 #3 Ty Dillon 57 180.480 30.718 0.167
4 #19 Daniel Suarez 49 180.351 30.740 0.189
5 #42 Kyle Larson 45 180.316 30.746 0.195
6 #22 Brad Keselowski 34 179.505 30.885 0.334
7 #88 Kevin Harvick 48 179.319 30.917 0.366
8 #2 Paul Menard 43 178.937 30.983 0.432
9 #48 Brennan Poole 50 178.332 31.088 0.537
10 #43 Jeb Burton 29 178.058 31.136 0.585
11 #7 Justin Allgaier 57 177.920 31.160 0.609
12 #11 Blake Koch 45 177.772 31.186 0.635
13 #62 Brendan Gaughan 18 177.380 31.255 0.704
14 #1 Elliott Sadler 35 176.848 31.349 0.798
15 #33 Brandon Jones 51 176.493 31.412 0.861
16 #39 Ryan Sieg 28 176.487 31.413 0.862
17 #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. 41 176.224 31.460 0.909
18 #16 Ryan Reed 37 176.006 31.499 0.948
19 #28 Dakoda Armstrong 26 175.155 31.652 1.101
20 #24 Corey LaJoie 30 175.111 31.660 1.109
21 #51 Jeremy Clements 5 174.636 31.746 1.195
22 #7 Ray Black Jr. 25 174.186 31.828 1.277
23 #4 Ross Chastain 22 173.613 31.933 1.382
24 #14 J.J. Yeley 3 173.315 31.988 1.437
25 #1 Ryan Preece 27 172.980 32.050 1.499
26 #44 David Starr 37 172.802 32.083 1.532
27 #90 Mario Gosselin 11 172.538 32.132 1.581
28 #78 B.J. McLeod 18 171.434 32.339 1.788
29 #97 Harrison Rhodes 10 170.234 32.567 2.016
30 #52 Joey Gase 5 169.474 32.713 2.162
31 #0 Garrett Smithley 4 169.195 32.767 2.216
32 #89 Morgan Shepherd 2 168.362 32.929 2.378
33 #15 Cody Ware 17 167.766 33.046 2.495
34 #70 Derrike Cope 9 166.792 33.239 2.688
35 #13 Josh Reaume 26 166.692 33.259 2.708
36 #25 Chris Cockrum 28 166.557 33.286 2.735
37 #74 Mike Harmon 16 165.914 33.415 2.864
38 #10 Jeff Green 4 165.320 33.535 2.984
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