Logano, Harvick fastest in first of 2 Xfinity Series practices Friday at Phoenix

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Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick were the fastest in Friday’s first of two Xfinity Series practice sessions at Phoenix International Raceway.

Logano, who also was fastest in the sole Sprint Cup practice session earlier in the day, topped the speed chart at 131.685 mph, followed closely by Harvick at 131.444 mph.

The second Xfinity Series practice of the day is slated to start at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT and go until 7:25 pm ET/4:25 pm ET.

Here’s how the first Xfinity Series practice played out:

1. Joey Logano … 131.685 mph … 25 laps

2. Kevin Harvick … 131.444 … 20 laps

3. Regan Smith … 131.339 … 24 laps

4. Matt Kenseth … 131.162 … 11 laps

5. Brian Scott … 131.000 … 17 laps

6. Erik Jones … 130.947 … 15 laps

7. Austin Dillon … 130.804 … 16 laps

8. Chase Elliott … 130.795 … 17 laps

9. Ty Dillon … 130.681 … 21 laps

10. Chris Buescher … 130.501 … 26 laps

11. Daniel Suarez … 130.345 … 32 laps

12. Dakoda Armstrong … 129.894 … 20 laps

13. Ryan Sieg … 129.683 … 29 laps

14. Elliott Sadler … 129.660 … 26 laps

15. Brendan Gaughan … 129.636 … 21 laps

16. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 129.459 … 25 laps

17. Brennan Poole … 129.403 … 43 laps

18. Landon Cassill … 129.116 … 19 laps

19. JJ Yeley … 129.055 … 10 laps

20. Mike Bliss … 128.949 … 9 laps

21. David Starr … 128.903 … 13 laps

22. Ryan Reed … 128.769 … 26 laps

23. Jeremy Clements … 128.599 … 15 laps

24. Cale Conley … 128.347 … 23 laps

25. Jamie Dick … 128.196 … 22 laps

26. Dylan Lupton … 127.945 … 32 laps

27. Ross Chastain … 127.669 … 10 laps

28. Blake Koch … 127.402 … 8 laps

29. Harrison Rhodes … 127.334 … 6 laps

30. Eric McClure … 126.805 … 16 laps

31. Joey Gase … 126.037 … 7 laps

32. Mario Gosselin … 125.791 … 21 laps

33. Derrike Cope … 125.156 … 6 laps

34. Charles Lewandoski … 123.639 … 12 laps

35. Mike Harmon … 123.010 … 7 laps

36. Derek White … 119.574 … 6 laps

37. Enrique Contreras … 117.724 … 9 laps

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Saturday NASCAR schedule at Talladega Superspeedway

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Both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will race Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Cup cars will start the day’s action by qualifying for Sunday’s playoff race, followed by the Truck playoff race and then the Xfinity playoff race.

Talladega Superspeedway (Cup, Xfinity and Truck)

Weekend weather

Saturday: Sunny. High of 78.

Saturday, Oct. 1

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 9:30 a.m. — Truck Series
  • 1 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon — Cup Series qualifying (NBC Sports app, Motor Racing Network, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Truck Series race (94 laps, 250 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 4 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (113 laps, 300 miles; USA Network, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega Xfinity starting lineup: Austin Hill wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Austin Hill will lead the field to the green flag Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway after scoring his first career Xfinity Series pole.

Hill won the pole Friday with a lap of 182.036 mph. He will be joined on the front row by fellow playoff contender Ty Gibbs (181.981 mph).

MORE: Talladega Xfinity starting lineup

Playoff drivers will start in seven of the top eight spots. The exception is Sheldon Creed, who will start third after a lap of 181.870 mph. Hill and Creed give Richard Childress Racing the first and third starting spots.

Justin Allgaier (181.529) qualified fourth and Brandon Jones (181.305) completed the top five. Noah Gragson, who has won four races in a row, starts sixth after a lap of 181.134 mph and is followed by playoff drivers Josh Berry (181.052) and AJ Allmendinger (180.932).

The Xfinity Series race is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday on USA Network.

Talladega Truck starting lineup: John Hunter Nemechek wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — John Hunter Nemechek will start on the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race.

Nemechek earned the pole with a lap of 178.767 mph.

Nemechek is one of four playoff drivers starting in the top six: Chandler Smith (second, 177.732 mph), Zane Smith (fourth, 177.061) and Ty Majeski (sixth, 176.744). Majeski clinched a spot in next month’s championship race at Phoenix with his Bristol win.

MORE: Talladega Truck starting lineup

Also qualifying in the top five were Carson Hocevar (177.068) in third and Matt Crafton (176.960) in fifth.

Failing to qualify are Tim Viens, Spencer Boyd, Jason White and Natalie Decker.

Saturday Talladega Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather

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The second race of the opening round of the Xfinity playoffs takes drivers to Talladega Superspeedway.

Noah Gragson secured his spot in the next round by winning last weekend at Texas. Ryan Sieg holds the final transfer spot. Riley Herbst is the first driver below the cutline, one point behind Sieg. Also below the cutline are reigning series champion Daniel Hemric (-8 points), Brandon Jones (-12) and Jeremy Clements (-28).

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:09 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:21 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 1 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given at 4 p.m. … The Brookwood High School choir will perform the anthem at 4:02 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 113 laps (300.58 miles) on the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 25. Stage 2 ends at Lap 50.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 4 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. and also will stream at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

STREAMING: NBCsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Sunny with a high of 78 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Noah Gragson won and was followed by Jeffrey Earnhardt and AJ Allmendinger.