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Nationwide - Watkins Glen - Friday Practice

Paul Menard set the fastest time in the sole Nationwide Series practice session ahead of Saturday's morning qualifying and afternoon race at Watkins Glen International.
Paul Menard set the fastest time in the sole practice session ahead of Saturday's 'Zippo 200 at the Glen' Nationwide Series race.

His laptime of 72.227s on the 2.45 mile road course was 0.190s ahead of Elliot Sadler who finished in second place in the Friday time sheets.

But all eyes were on feuding Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch, who finished third and fourth respectively in the session. It's Johnson's first Nationwide appearance in three years, while Busch is standing in for injured Penske team mate Brad Keselowski.

Britain's Dan Clarke finished the session in 38th place with a time of 76.305s in his NASCAR series d├ębut.

Qualifying is at 9.30am local time on Saturday, with the race on Saturday afternoon.

There is no Camping World Truck Series race this weekend. The next Truck event is at Michigan on Saturday August 20.

Practice

1. #33 Paul Menard Chevrolet 72.227s (Leader) 122.115 mph
2. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 72.417s (-0.190) 121.795 mph
3. #7 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 72.686s (-0.459) 121.344 mph
4. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 72.711s (-0.484) 121.302 mph
5. #5 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 72.816s (-0.589) 121.127 mph
6. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 72.852s (-0.625) 121.067 mph
7. #60 Carl Edwards Ford 72.917s (-0.690) 120.959 mph
8. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 72.954s (-0.727) 120.898 mph
9. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 73.019s (-0.792) 120.790 mph
10. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 73.119s (-0.892) 120.625 mph
11. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 73.180s (-0.953) 120.525 mph
12. #16 Trevor Bayne Ford 73.317s (-1.090) 120.299 mph
13. #30 James Buescher Chevrolet 73.379s (-1.152) 120.198 mph
14. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 73.437s (-1.210) 120.103 mph
15. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 73.548s (-1.321) 119.922 mph
16. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 73.971s (-1.744) 119.236 mph
17. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 74.021s (-1.794) 119.155 mph
18. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 74.044s (-1.817) 119.118 mph
19. #164 Jason Bowles Toyota 74.056s (-1.829) 119.099 mph
20. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 74.164s (-1.937) 118.926 mph
21. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 74.225s (-1.998) 118.828 mph
22. #39 Casey Roderick Ford 74.431s (-2.204) 118.499 mph
23. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 74.433s (-2.206) 118.496 mph
24. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 74.466s (-2.239) 118.443 mph
25. #153 Andrew Ranger Dodge 74.645s (-2.418) 118.159 mph
26. #23 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 74.771s (-2.544) 117.960 mph
27. #21 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet 74.805s (-2.578) 117.907 mph
28. #97 Kyle Kelley Chevrolet 74.873s (-2.646) 117.799 mph
29. #167 J.R. Fitzpatrick Ford 75.026s (-2.799) 117.559 mph
30. #15 Timmy Hill* Ford 75.035s (-2.808) 117.545 mph
31. #175 Chris Cook Ford 75.152s (-2.925) 117.362 mph
32. #182 J.J. Yeley Dodge 75.359s (-3.132) 117.040 mph
33. #113 T.J. Bell Dodge 75.452s (-3.225) 116.896 mph
34. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 75.814s (-3.587) 116.337 mph
35. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 76.152s (-3.925) 115.821 mph
36. #49 Mark Green Chevrolet 76.156s (-3.929) 115.815 mph
37. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 76.279s (-4.052) 115.628 mph
38. #52 Dan Clarke Chevrolet 76.305s (-4.078) 115.589 mph
39. #81 Blake Koch* Dodge 76.380s (-4.153) 115.475 mph
40. #141 Tomy Drissi Ford 76.507s (-4.280) 115.284 mph
41. #250 Brian Simo Chevrolet 76.745s (-4.518) 114.926 mph
42. #146 Chase Miller Chevrolet 77.269s (-5.042) 114.147 mph
43. #40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 77.751s (-5.524) 113.439 mph
44. #28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 78.743s (-6.516) 112.010 mph
45. #142 Tim Andrews Chevrolet 79.067s (-6.840) 111.551 mph
46. #147 Brian Keselowski Chevrolet 79.123s (-6.896) 111.472 mph
47. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 80.944s (-8.717) 108.964 mph
48. #70 Dennis Setzer Dodge 81.338s (-9.111) 108.436 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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Paul Menard drives the #33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 12 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Menard ran the fastest lap in the first NNS practice at 122.115 mph (72.227). [Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images]
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Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship after the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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