Chase Elliott quickest again in 2nd Dover Nationwide practice

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Chase Elliott continues to look good so far this weekend in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway, as he led the second practice session for Saturday’s Buckle Up 200.

Speeds were slower altogether in Practice 2, but Elliott still topped the time sheets with a lap of 154.692 miles per hour in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Earlier today, he led the first Nationwide practice with a lap at 157.618 mph.

Practice 2 came to a rough conclusion when Tanner Berryhill lost fluid while going down the backstretch in the final seconds of the session.

Berryhill was able to hang on to his car, but Jeffrey Earnhardt got caught in Berryhill’s fluid and hit the wall; he sustained enough right-side damage to force him to go to a back-up car.

On Twitter, Berryhill disclosed that it was a water line that came loose in the incident. He also mentioned an oil line issue earlier in the practice:

Brian Scott was second-quickest for Richard Childress Racing with a lap of 154.606 mph, followed by Trevor Bayne in third for Roush Fenway Racing (154.381). Joey Logano went P4 (154.248) and Kyle Busch was fifth (153.984).

Nationwide Series qualifying will take place tomorrow at 10:40 a.m. ET, followed by the race at 2 p.m. ET.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.