It would appear that Australian driver James Davison is getting the hang of NASCAR racing — at least on road courses, that is — pretty quick.
Davison was fastest in Saturday’s final Xfinity Series practice at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, recording a top speed of 108.691 mph in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry.
Davison, who turns 31 years old on Tuesday, will compete in only his third NASCAR Xfinity race in Sunday’s Johnsonville 180. In his two previous Xfinity career starts, he finished 19th at Road America last year and was fourth two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Sunday’s race is the second of two Davison was scheduled to compete in this year. He’s also a veteran of the Indianapolis 500 and sports car racing in other series.
Justin Marks, who was fastest in the first practice earlier Saturday, was second in the final practice (108.614 mph), followed by Austin Cindric (108.402), Cole Custer (108.235), Brennan Poole (107.887), Ryan Reed (107.771), Justin Allgaier (107.703), Daniel Hemric (107.519), Casey Mears (107.490) and Ben Kennedy (107.480).
The scheduled 55-minute practice session ended about five minutes early when the red flag came out for a full course stoppage when 24-year-old Elkhart Lake native Nicolas Hammann spun into and got mired in a sand trap coming off Turn 3.
Qualifying takes place Sunday morning at 11:45 a.m. ET, with the race slated to take the green flag at approximately 3:14 p.m. ET. The race will be televised live on NBC.
Also, check out Davison’s neat tweet heading into this weekend: