Alex Bowman leads final Phoenix Nationwide practice


A late flyer of 133.610 mph around the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway enabled Sprint Cup rookie Alex Bowman to take top honors in final practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Bowman, who is making his third NNS start of the year and the second for JR Motorsports in their No. 5 Chevrolet, out-hustled a pair of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, Practice 1 leader Kyle Busch (132.115) and young Erik Jones (131.738) to lead the session.

Richard Childress Racing’s Brendan Gaughan was fourth (131.598) and John Wes Townley completed the Top 5 (131.392).

As for championship leader Chase Elliott, he posted the ninth-quickest time with a lap of 131.128 mph. His closest pursuer in the standings, JRM teammate Regan Smith, was right behind him in 10th (131.095).

Meanwhile, the Ford contingent lacked speed during the session as Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher, and Trevor Bayne all fell within 13th to 15th on the time sheets to lead the Blue Oval. Dylan Kwasniewski had the 18th-fastest lap after hitting the wall in Practice 1 hard enough to bring out a backup No. 31 Chevrolet.

Qualifying for tomorrow’s DAV 200 at PIR will take place at 12:45 p.m. ET, followed by the 200-lap main event at 4 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Phoenix – Final Practice Times