Defending NASCAR Cup champion Joey Logano was fastest in Friday’s second and final NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Chicagoland Speedway.
Driving the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang, Logano paced the field around the 1.5-mile oval at 174.554 mph. This is Logano’s first appearance in an Xfinity Series race field this season.
Tyler Reddick was second-fastest at 173.896 mph.
Cole Custer was third-fastest (173.879 mph), followed by Austin Cindric (173.874), Justin Allgaier (173.745), Noah Gragson (173.734), Ross Chastain (173.533), Brandon Jones (172.855), Zane Smith (172.706) and Ryan Sieg (172.315).
The start of the session was delayed by more than 30 minutes due to a lightning strike that occurred near the track, as well as a severe thunderstorm warning that was issued for the area due east of the track.
NASCAR held off on sending cars back on-track before the abbreviated 30-minute session began.
Click here for the speed chart from the second practice.
Tyler Reddick was fastest (174.916 mph) in Friday’s first Xfinity Series practice at Chicagoland Speedway. Reddick was nearly 2 mph faster than Cole Custer (173.182 mph), followed by Christopher Bell (173.044), Joey Logano (172.927) and Michael Annett (172.822).
With about eight minutes to go in the session, Chastain skimmed the outside wall but damage was very minor.
“Overconfidence by the driver,” Chastain told NBC Sports. “Just a little too confident trying to run the top. So I have to learn and be a little bit better.”
Four drivers were penalized for various violations:
* The No. 28 of Shane Lee – 15 minutes for being late to inspection.
* The No. 42 of Chad Finchum – 15 minutes for being late to inspection.
* The No. 90 of Ronnie Bassett Jr. – 15 minutes for failing inspection twice.
* The No. 81 of Jeffrey Earnhardt – 30 minutes for being late to inspection and failing inspection twice.