Alex Bowman is fastest in final NNS practice at Charlotte

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CONCORD, N.C. — Making just his second appearance of the season in a Nationwide Series car, Alex Bowman wasted little time in being the fastest in the final NNS practice session Thursday evening.

Bowman, who is racing full-time as a rookie in the Sprint Cup Series this season, topped the entire 44-driver NNS field with a speed of 181.245 mph (29.794 seconds).

Four of the top-five fastest were Sprint Cup full-timers.

Brad Keselowski was second-fastest at 180.650 mph, followed by NNS regular Dylan Kwasniewski (180.638), Matt Kenseth (180.210) and Kyle Busch (180.054).

Sixth through 10th fastest were NNS points leader Chase Elliott (179.904), Elliott Sadler (179.898), Trevor Bayne ((179.766), Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson (179.718) and Brian Scott (179.170).

Ryan Blaney was 11th-fastest (178.891), followed by Ryan Reed (178.832), Brendan Gaughan (178.802), Chad Boat (178.654), Ty Dillon (178.141), Chris Buescher (177.971), Corey LaJoie (177.936), Dakoda Armstrong (177.901), James Buescher (177.602) and Regan Smith (177.515).

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:

RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.


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NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.