Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon were the fastest drivers in Thursday’s pair of Nationwide Series practice sessions at Richmond International Raceway in preparation for Friday’s Virginia529 College Savings 250.
In the first practice, which went for an hour, Buescher (pictured) wasted little time in pacing the field, recording the fastest lap of the session (120.110 mph) on just his second practice spin around the .750-mile track.
Dillon was second-fastest in the early session at 119.846 mph, followed by NNS points leader Chase Elliott (119.798), Jeff Green (119.506) and Landon Cassill (119.179).
Also of note, Kevin Harvick, who won the NNS race at Richmond in April, struggled to find speed, managing a top run of just 116.174 mph. Harvick ran just three laps before bringing his car back into the garage for adjustments.
In the second session of the afternoon, speeds slowed down somewhat while Richard Childress Racing dominated three of the top five spots in the 76-minute effort.
Dillon moved up to the top of the speed chart with a best effort of 118.603 mph, teammate Cale Conley was third-fastest (117.678) and fellow RCR teammate Brian Scott was fifth-fastest at 117.437 mph.
Kyle Busch was second-fastest at 117.714 mph, while Chase Elliott was fourth-fastest (117.632).
Ryan Blaney was sixth-fastest (117.396), followed by Chris Buescher (117.203), Harvick (117.121), Dylan Kwasniewski (117.066) and Dakoda Armstrong (117.040).
A total of 41 cars took to the track in the second session, with Josh Reaume having the slowest effort at 111.478 mph.
Qualifying for Friday’s race will take place earlier that same day at 3:45 pm ET.
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