NASCAR: Keselowski leads 1st Nationwide practice at the Glen

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Driving the same NASCAR Nationwide Series car he’s won three times in already this year, Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski posted a lap of 72.123 seconds in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to lead the first NNS practice at Watkins Glen International.

The one-hour, 20-minute session was held up for a little more than half an hour due to a cleanup of dropped fluid from the No. 74 car of Roger Reuse.

Practice resumed under green flag conditions with about 30 minutes to go and stayed green for the remainder despite Matt Kenseth lightly backing into the Turn 7 wall after a spin.

This came after Kenseth lost a significant amount of track time due to issues with the car; Fox Sports reported on its practice telecast that the fuel pump needed to be changed on Kenseth’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

“I guess it could always be worse,” Kenseth said. “We finally got the motor running right, so we just tried to make some laps there and try to figure out a balance we need to work on for the next practice and then I backed in the wall. Now they’ve got to fix the body…So, a little bit of a frustrating practice but we seem to have some speed.

“Thankfully, they can fix the car – didn’t totally kill it – so hopefully, we’ll get it fixed and get the full hour and a half of next practice and get ready to race tomorrow.”

Despite the incident, Kenseth still posted the fifth-fastest time in the session (72.644) behind Keselowski, Paul Menard (72.531), Marcos Ambrose (72.561), and Kyle Busch (72.629). Six of the Top 7 drivers in the session were Sprint Cup regulars, with Ty Dillon (72.699) being the fastest NNS regular in sixth.

NNS points leader Chase Elliott was eighth on the time charts (73.020). His closest pursuer in the standings, Regan Smith (-2 points behind Elliott), was 12th (120.331).

Fox also reported that rookie James Buescher would get an engine change on his No. 99 RAB Racing Toyota before the second Nationwide practice, which is slated to begin later today at 2:10 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen – Practice 1 Times

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.