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Nationwide - Texas - Thursday practice

Reigning Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. topped the times after Thursday's sole practice session ahead of Friday's night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put himself at the top of the timesheets following the first Nationwide Series practice session at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, ahead of Friday night's floodlit O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 race.

Stenhouse's time of 30.065s (179.611mph) was 0.110s faster than current championship points leader Elliott Sadler. Cup regulars Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano took the next three positions ahead of series rookie Austin Dillon who finished just ahead of Denny Hamlin and Sam Hornish Jr. Danica Patrick was 11th fastes and just under three tenths slower than Stenhouse's benchmark, while Kurt Busch was 13th fastest and Dale Earnhardt Jr. back in 18th.

A second practice session will be held on Friday morning at 11am ET with qualifying later in the afternoon, three hours ahead of the actual race itself.

Practice 1

1. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 30.065s (Leader) 179.611 mph
2. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 30.175s (-0.110) 178.956 mph
3. #33 Paul Menard Chevrolet 30.183s (-0.118) 178.909 mph
4. #38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 30.221s (-0.156) 178.684 mph
5. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 30.222s (-0.157) 178.678 mph
6. #3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet 30.270s (-0.205) 178.394 mph
7. #18 Denny Hamlin Toyota 30.277s (-0.212) 178.353 mph
8. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 30.301s (-0.236) 178.212 mph
9. #44 Mike Bliss Toyota 30.304s (-0.239) 178.194 mph
10. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 30.307s (-0.242) 178.177 mph
11. #7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 30.363s (-0.298) 177.848 mph
12. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 30.366s (-0.301) 177.831 mph
13. #54 Kurt Busch Toyota 30.377s (-0.312) 177.766 mph
14. #30 Steve Arpin Chevrolet 30.377s (-0.312) 177.766 mph
15. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30.384s (-0.319) 177.725 mph
16. #5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.476s (-0.411) 177.189 mph
17. #88 Cole Whitt* Chevrolet 30.559s (-0.494) 176.707 mph
18. #27 David Ragan Ford 30.593s (-0.528) 176.511 mph
19. #43 Michael Annett Ford 30.650s (-0.585) 176.183 mph
20. #70 Johanna Long* Chevrolet 30.671s (-0.606) 176.062 mph
21. #19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 30.695s (-0.630) 175.924 mph
22. #42 Josh Wise Chevrolet 30.697s (-0.632) 175.913 mph
23. #09 Ryan Truex Toyota 30.722s (-0.657) 175.770 mph
24. #81 Jason Bowles* Toyota 30.784s (-0.719) 175.416 mph
25. #40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 30.798s (-0.733) 175.336 mph
26. #175 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 30.844s (-0.779) 175.075 mph
27. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 30.887s (-0.822) 174.831 mph
28. #15 Blake Koch Ford 30.894s (-0.829) 174.791 mph
29. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.910s (-0.845) 174.701 mph
30. #41 Timmy Hill Ford 30.953s (-0.888) 174.458 mph
31. #4 Danny Efland Chevrolet 30.954s (-0.889) 174.452 mph
32. #10 Jeff Green Toyota 31.078s (-1.013) 173.756 mph
33. #39 Kelly Bires Ford 31.089s (-1.024) 173.695 mph
34. #46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 31.118s (-1.053) 173.533 mph
35. #108 Kyle Fowler Ford 31.158s (-1.093) 173.310 mph
36. #124 Benny Gordon* Chevrolet 31.160s (-1.095) 173.299 mph
37. #47 Scott Speed Chevrolet 31.166s (-1.101) 173.266 mph
38. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 31.274s (-1.209) 172.667 mph
39. #50 T.J. Bell Ford 31.492s (-1.427) 171.472 mph
40. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 31.518s (-1.453) 171.331 mph
41. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 31.532s (-1.467) 171.255 mph
42. #14 Eric McClure Toyota 31.628s (-1.563) 170.735 mph
43. #52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet 31.841s (-1.776) 169.593 mph
44. #174 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 32.066s (-2.001) 168.403 mph
45. #172 John Jackson Toyota 32.230s (-2.165) 167.546 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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