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Nationwide - Road America - Friday practice

Jacques Villeneuve enjoyed the first day of his return to Nationwide service, as the series headed to Road America in Wisconsin and a rare road course excursion for the drivers.
Most NASCAR drivers of both Cup and nationwide level approach the rare road course rounds with a high degree of trepidation, but for some it allows a chance to shine - or a chance to return behind the steering wheel.

Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve is one of the latter, with his undoubted road racing skills evident with second place in the first Friday practice session and third in the later second session ahead of this weekend's Bucyrus 200 at Road America in Wisconsin. Another F1 alumni, Max Papis, was also hovering near the top of the timesheets.

Michael McDowell flew the flag for the US NASCAR contingent and was in the top three in both sessions for Joe Gibbs Racing, while Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler did creditably well among the Nationwide Series regulars.

Carl Edwards' #60 topped the first practice timesheet, but Edwards himself wasn't behind the wheel as he was in California at Infineon Raceway preparing for the Cup event, planning on flying into Road America for the race to defend his 2010 victory there. However, he decided at the last minute that he needed to concentrate on his Cup race instead and duly informed the Nationwide organisers that he was pulling out, and that Billy Johnson would continue in the #60 in his stead. This will be the first Nationwide race without Edwards since Nashville in 2005 - his run of 210 consecutive Nationwide races is the longest active streak in the series.

Qualifying for the race takes place at 3pm on Saturday afternoon, with the race itself starting at 5.30pm on Saturday night.

Friday Cup qualifying times are also available.

The Camping World Truck Series is not running this weekend; the next Truck race is at Kentucky on July 7.

Practice 2

1. #33 Max Papis Chevrolet 133.707s (Leader) 108.991 mph
2. #18 Michael McDowell Toyota 134.056s (-0.349) 108.707 mph
3. #22 Jacques Villeneuve Dodge 134.300s (-0.593) 108.509 mph
4. #7 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 135.067s (-1.360) 107.893 mph
5. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 135.117s (-1.410) 107.853 mph
6. #153 Andrew Ranger Dodge 135.139s (-1.432) 107.836 mph
7. #30 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 135.734s (-2.027) 107.363 mph
8. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 135.819s (-2.112) 107.296 mph
9. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 135.978s (-2.271) 107.170 mph
10. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 136.070s (-2.363) 107.098 mph
11. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 136.704s (-2.997) 106.601 mph
12. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 136.759s (-3.052) 106.558 mph
13. #167 J.R. Fitzpatrick Ford 136.779s (-3.072) 106.543 mph
14. #16 Trevor Bayne Ford 136.788s (-3.081) 106.536 mph
15. #164 Jason Bowles Toyota 136.806s (-3.099) 106.522 mph
16. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 136.913s (-3.206) 106.438 mph
17. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 137.435s (-3.728) 106.034 mph
18. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 137.597s (-3.890) 105.909 mph
19. #23 Alex Kennedy Dodge 137.702s (-3.995) 105.828 mph
20. #39 Josh Wise Ford 137.915s (-4.208) 105.665 mph
21. #81 Blake Koch* Dodge 138.195s (-4.488) 105.451 mph
22. #15 Timmy Hill* Ford 138.312s (-4.605) 105.362 mph
23. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 138.990s (-5.283) 104.848 mph
24. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 139.424s (-5.717) 104.521 mph
25. #103 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 140.039s (-6.332) 104.062 mph
26. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 141.271s (-7.564) 103.155 mph
27. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 141.348s (-7.641) 103.099 mph
28. #141 Doug Harrington Ford 142.847s (-9.140) 102.017 mph
29. #28 Derrike Cope Dodge 144.660s (-10.953) 100.738 mph
30. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 146.424s (-12.717) 99.525 mph
31. #142 Tim Andrews Chevrolet 147.730s (-14.023) 98.645 mph
32. #175 Carl Long Ford 148.055s (-14.348) 98.428 mph
33. #146 Chase Miller Chevrolet 150.536s (-16.829) 96.806 mph
34. #40 Charles Lewandoski* Chevrolet 156.837s (-23.130) 92.917 mph
35. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb* Ford 169.295s (-35.588) 86.079 mph
36. #55 Brett Rowe Chevrolet 403.715s (-270.008) 36.097 mph
37. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford
38. #60 Billy Johnson Ford
39. #70 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet
40. #87 Kevin Conway Toyota
41. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet
42. #52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet

Practice 1

1. #60 Billy Johnson Ford 134.871s (Leader) 108.050 mph
2. #22 Jacques Villeneuve Dodge 134.938s (-0.067) 107.996 mph
3. #18 Michael McDowell Toyota 134.968s (-0.097) 107.972 mph
4. #33 Max Papis Chevrolet 135.384s (-0.513) 107.641 mph
5. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 135.478s (-0.607) 107.566 mph
6. #7 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 135.571s (-0.700) 107.492 mph
7. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 135.655s (-0.784) 107.425 mph
8. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 136.215s (-1.344) 106.984 mph
9. #16 Trevor Bayne Ford 136.245s (-1.374) 106.960 mph
10. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 136.651s (-1.780) 106.643 mph
11. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 136.917s (-2.046) 106.435 mph
12. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 136.983s (-2.112) 106.384 mph
13. #167 J.R. Fitzpatrick Ford 137.125s (-2.254) 106.274 mph
14. #164 Jason Bowles Toyota 137.369s (-2.498) 106.085 mph
15. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 137.615s (-2.744) 105.895 mph
16. #30 Ricky Carmichael Chevrolet 137.615s (-2.744) 105.895 mph
17. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 137.627s (-2.756) 105.886 mph
18. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 137.930s (-3.059) 105.654 mph
19. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 138.472s (-3.601) 105.240 mph
20. #39 Josh Wise Ford 138.522s (-3.651) 105.202 mph
21. #23 Alex Kennedy Dodge 138.582s (-3.711) 105.157 mph
22. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 138.783s (-3.912) 105.004 mph
23. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 139.197s (-4.326) 104.692 mph
24. #81 Blake Koch* Dodge 140.035s (-5.164) 104.065 mph
25. #15 Timmy Hill* Ford 140.259s (-5.388) 103.899 mph
26. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 141.290s (-6.419) 103.141 mph
27. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 141.694s (-6.823) 102.847 mph
28. #87 Kevin Conway Toyota 142.759s (-7.888) 102.080 mph
29. #141 Doug Harrington Ford 144.892s (-10.021) 100.577 mph
30. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 148.431s (-13.560) 98.179 mph
31. #52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet 162.200s (-27.329) 89.845 mph
32. #70 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 162.510s (-27.639) 89.673 mph
33. #103 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet
34. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb* Ford
35. #175 Carl Long Ford
36. #55 Brett Rowe Chevrolet
37. #28 Derrike Cope Dodge
38. #153 Andrew Ranger Dodge
39. #146 Chase Miller Chevrolet
40. #142 Tim Andrews Chevrolet
41. #40 Charles Lewandoski* Chevrolet
42. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet



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