Roush Fenway Racing dominates first Nationwide practice at Talladega


Roush Fenway Racing appeared as if it had something to prove in the first of two Nationwide Series practice sessions Thursday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway.

RFR placed all three of its NNS drivers at the top of the speed charts, with Trevor Bayne being the fastest.

Bayne covered the expansive 2.66-mile track – the largest oval in NASCAR – at 190.378 mph, followed closely by teammates Chris Buescher (190.370) and Ryan Reed (190.366).

Kyle Larson was the only other driver to break the 190 mph mark at 190.121 mph.

David Ragan, who won the Sprint Cup race at Talladega last spring, was fifth-fastest at 189.808, followed by Ty Dillon (189.171), Brian Scott (189.144), Brendan Gaughan (189.025), Elliott Sadler (188.660) and James Buescher rounded out the top 10 fastest drivers in the field at 188.645 mph.

Only 36 cars and drivers took part in the session. A second NNS practice is scheduled for later this afternoon from 4:30 to 6 pm ET.

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