Ryan Blaney is fastest in first of two Xfinity practices at Phoenix

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NASCAR Cup playoff contender Ryan Blaney got in a little extra track time Friday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway, being fastest in the first of two Xfinity Series practice sessions.

Blaney, who is still in contention for advancing to next week’s NASCAR Cup championship race, had a top speed (131.368 mph) of the 37 drivers that took to the track.

Three of the eight still-eligible Xfinity playoff contenders were next – Justin Allgaier was second (131.157 mph), followed by Matt Tifft (131.138), William Byron (131.100) – followed by Spencer Gallagher (131.066).

As for the other five playoff contenders, Cole Custer was seventh (130.952 mph), Daniel Hemric was 11th (130.473), Brennan Poole (130.359) was 13th, Elliott Sadler was 14th (130.336) and Ryan Reed was 20th (129.520).

There will be one more Xfinity practice session this afternoon from 4:30 to 5:25 p.m. ET. Catch all the action on NBCSN.

Click here for the full practice grid.