Brian Scott Fastest in Opening Sta-Green 200 Practice

by July 11, 2014

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Image

LOUDON, N.H. — Brian Scott (Richard Childress Racing) by far was the quickest driver in opening practice for the Sta-Green 200 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Scott posted a lap of 29.289 seconds that would trump second-fastest driver Kyle Larson’s (Turner Scott Motorsports) time of 29.470 seconds – a gap of nearly two-tenths of a second. Scott would stave off four Sprint Cup Series drivers including Larson to claim the top spot in Friday’s opening 50-minute practice session – Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing), Brad Keselowski (Team Penske), and Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing) would round out the top-five behind Scott and Larson.

Regan Smith (JR Motorsports) was the fastest Dash 4 Cash contender in practice by running the session’s sixth-quickest lap of 29.693 seconds. Smith’s Dash 4 Cash competition – Ryan Reed (Roush-Fenway Racing), Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing), and Jeremy Clements (Jeremy Clements Racing) – would run the 14th, 21st, and the 23rd fastest times of the session, respectively. If the speeds in first practice were to be the results of the race, Scott, Smith, Chris Buescher (Roush-Fenway Racing), and Elliott Sadler (Joe Gibbs Racing) would qualify for the next round of the Nationwide Series’ Dash 4 Cash at the Chicagoland Speedway next weekend.

Joining Smith in the top-10 were his two closest competitors for the drivers’ title, Sadler, who ran the ninth-fastest lap of the session, and Chase Elliott (JR Motorsports) – who rounded out the top-10.

The second and final practice session for the Sta-Green 200 is set to kick off at 3:00 p.m EDT. The final session of the weekend is scheduled for 85 minutes.

Top-10 Speeds in First Practice for the Sta-Green 200

  1. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.289 | Leader
  2. 42 – Kyle Larson(i) – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports – 29.470 | -0.181
  3. 54 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 29.519 | -0.230
  4. 22 – Brad Keselowski(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 29.581 | -0.292
  5. 20 – Matt Kenseth(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 29.584 | -0.295
  6. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 29.693 | -0.404
  7. 33 – Paul Menard(i)* – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 29.703 | -0.414
  8. 60 – Chris Buescher# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 29.750 | -0.461
  9. 11 – Elliott Sadler – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 29.760 | -0.471
  10. 9 – Chase Elliott# – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 29.830 | -0.541

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Nationwide Series points, * = Must qualify into the race based on speed.