XFINITY: Gaughan Puts Up Quick Time Late; Paces Phoenix Happy Hour

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Brendan Gaughan stands in the Phoenix Raceway garage Friday (Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America).

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Brendan Gaughan put his No. 62 South Point Casino Chevrolet at the top of the board late in NASCAR XFINITY final practice at Phoenix Raceway.

The Richard Childress Racing driver snagged the fastest lap of the session at 27.449 seconds (131.152 mph), knocking off Cup regular Ryan Blaney from the top spot in Happy Hour. Blaney paced Friday morning’s first practice and will run his first XFINITY race at PIR since Nov. 2013.

Series rookie William Byron was third, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Tifft and Dakoda Armstrong rounding out the top-five. Tifft’s team changed engines on his No. 19 Toyota but will not have to start at the rear of Saturday’s race because the change happened before Coors Light Pole Qualifying.

Blake Koch and Justin Allgaier were sixth and seventh, respectively, with defending series champion Daniel Suarez, Elliott Sadler and Erik Jones completing the top-10.


RESULTS: NASCAR XFINITY Series; Final Practice; Phoenix Raceway; March 17, 2017

  1. Brendan Gaughan
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. William Byron
  4. Matt Tifft
  5. Dakoda Armstrong
  6. Blake Koch
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Daniel Suarez
  9. Elliott Sadler
  10. Erik Jones
  11. Daniel Hemric
  12. Austin Dillon
  13. Ryan Reed
  14. Brandon Jones
  15. Drew Herring
  16. Tyler Reddick
  17. Brennan Poole
  18. Cole Custer
  19. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  20. Spencer Gallagher
  21. Ty Dillon
  22. Michael Annett
  23. Jeremy Clements
  24. David Starr
  25. Ryan Sieg
  26. J.J. Yeley
  27. Ross Chastain
  28. Ray Black Jr.
  29. Mario Gosselin
  30. Jordan Anderson
  31. Garrett Smithley
  32. Harrison Rhodes
  33. Mike Harmon
  34. Joey Gase
  35. Carl Long
  36. Matt Mills
  37. Timmy Hill

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