Pastrana Paces NNS Feed The Children 300 Practice
With a little more familiarity with Kentucky Speedway's challenging 1.5-mile oval, Travis Pastrana upped his lap times by a full second from yesterday and reeled off the fastest lap of Friday's final NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300 practice session.
Pastrana, of Annapolis, Md., turned a quick 175.970 mph lap within the first 40 minutes of the 90-minute session with a time of 30.687 seconds. On Thursday, during the series' first practice on the track, Pastrana was 15th quickest with a best time of 31.711 seconds.
He is competing in his first full season NASCAR Nationwide Series season and did not compete at in last season's Feed The Children 300.
Matt Crafton, who was fastest in the Thursday session, turned in the second quickest time today. He toured the unique Kentucky tri-oval terrain in 30.705 seconds at 175.867 mph. Crafton, the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader who placed 10th in last night's UNOH 225, makes his first NASCAR Nationwide Series appearance in tonight's 300-mile affair.
Rounding out the top 10 in lap times and speeds were rookie Alex Bowman; two-time Kentucky Speedway NNS winner Austin Dillon; last season's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts winner Brad Keselowski, Parker Kligerman, Trevor Bayne, current NNS championship runner up Justin Allgaier, two-time Kentucky IndyCar Series winner and current third-place championship challenger Sam Hornish Jr., along with NNS championship leader Regan Smith.
Forty one cars are scheduled to begin Feed The Children 300 qualifying at 3:35 p.m. The current track qualifying record is held by current Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards, who blazed a lap of 181.287 mph (29.787 seconds) in June 2005.
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