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Joey Logano completes sweep of Xfinity practices at Auto Club Speedway

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Joey Logano was fastest in the final Xfinity Series practice session at Auto Club Speedway for the Service King 300.

Driving Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford, Logano put up a speed of 176.804 mph on his 19th of 35 laps in the session

The top five as made up of Erik Jones (176.744), Paul Menard (176.587), Brandon Jones (176.475) and Kyle Larson (176.039).

William Byron and Brennan Poole recorded the most laps in the session with 37 each.

Logan also had the best 10-lap average at 174.889 mph.

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Joey Logano tops first Xfinity practice at Auto Club Speedway

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Joey Logano was fastest in the first of two Xfinity Series practice sessions at Auto Club Speedway for the Service King 300.

Logano, driving Team Penske’s Xfinity No. 22 for the first time this season, posted a speed of 178.904 mph. Logano recorded the speed on the first of 10 laps in the session.

The top five was filled by Kyle Larson (177.344), Erik Jones (177.061), Paul Menard (176.852) and Cole Custer (176.570).

William Byron and Brandon Jones recorded the most laps in the session with 24 each.

Ty Dillon had the best 10-lap average at 173.739 mph.

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Aerodynamic changes announced to accompany restrictor plates for Xfinity at Indianapolis

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NASCAR is following one unprecedented move with another at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In the wake of the news that restrictor plates will make their debut at the 2.5-mile track for the July 22 race, NASCAR announced Thursday that it will equip the cars with “aero ducts” for the first time.

The ducts are designed to improve the airflow through the front wheel wells, theoretically enhancing the opportunity for passing on the flat track (which notoriously has been difficult to navigate for stock cars).

NASCAR also will use a taller spoiler and wider splitter (with the same dimensions as 2016) and the 7/8th-inch restrictor plate, which cuts horsepower by reducing airflow to the engine.

NASCAR tested the plates last Oct. 11 with Blake Koch (Kaulig Racing), Ryan Reed (Roush Fenway Racing) and Brandon Jones (Richard Childress Racing).

RCR director of competition Dr. Eric Warren said this week on SiriusXM Satellite Radio that the plate would need to be combined with some aerodynamic tweaks.

Erik Jones paces opening Xfinity practice at Phoenix

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Erik Jones posted the fastest lap (131.521 mph) in the first Xfinity practice session Friday at Phoenix Raceway.

Jones was followed by Ryan Blaney (131.353), rookie William Byron (131.305), Brandon Jones (131.234) and Justin Allgaier (131.176).

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The Xfinity series has two other practice sessions Friday.

Suarez, Tifft, Busch put Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2-3 in Xfinity practice at Vegas

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Joe Gibbs Racing had the Xfinity Series’ number in Friday’s second and final practice of the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Defending Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez, now a full-time rookie in the NASCAR Cup Series, was fastest in the second practice session at 182.389 mph.

Suarez’s JGR teammates, Matt Tifft (182.322) and Kyle Busch (182.002) were second- and third-fastest, followed by Joey Logano (181.990) and Brandon Jones (181.824).

Sixth through 10th were Brad Keselowski (181.635), Darrell Wallace Jr. (181.415), Blake Koch (181.36), Spencer Gallagher (181.354) and William Byron (181.172).

Brendan Gaughan, who was fastest in the first Xfinity practice session of the day, was 11th fastest in the second session (181.153).

Qualifying for Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race takes place Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the race itself will take the green flag later in the same afternoon around 4:15 p.m. ET.

Click here for a full read-out of how the second Xfinity practice played out.

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