Road America Xfinity practice: Austin Cindric fastest

Austin Cindric was fastest in Friday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series session at Roadway America.

Cindric, who won this race in 2015, turned a quick lap of 107.870 miles per hour around the 4-mile roadway course in his No. 22 Group Penske Ford.

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Kaulig Racing declared the 2nd and fourth-fastest laps with Jeb Burton (107.087 miles per hour) and A.J. Allmendinger (107.004 miles per hour), respectively.

JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier was third-fastest (107.019 miles per hour). Completing the leading 5 speeds was Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Hemric (106.401 miles per hour).

Cup stars Kyle Busch (105.982 miles per hour) and Kevin Harvick (104.956 miles per hour) were seventh and 22nd respectively on the speed charts.

Noah Gragson, presently 10th in the Xfinity playoff standings (+80 above 13th location), suffered an engine failure on his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet to highlight the care with around 36 minutes left in the session.

The obstacle continued Gragson’s run of misfortune on the roadway courses this season.

In February at the Daytona roadway course, his automobile stopped working to fire on pit roadway prior to the race and he needed to begin 2 laps down (he completed 28th). In Might at Circuit of the Americas, an engine failure removed him after 13 laps. Most just recently, in June at Mid-Ohio, he was removed in a very first turn, very first lap mishap.

“It kinda sounded off, the pitch of the motor, from when we rolled out,” Gragson informed NBCSN after Friday’s engine failure. “Then we ran pace laps, and then only did one lap (at speed). But I didn’t miss any shifts or anything. It’s just pretty frustrating.

“I don’t know what to say. It’s been a rough season.”

Riley Herbst likewise had his practice interrupted. Soon after JR Motorsports’ Sam Mayer went off in the Kink at Turn 11, Herbst did the very same thing.

Unlike Mayer, nevertheless, Herbst sustained major damage to his No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford when it got in the wall. As an outcome, the group needed to highlight the backup automobile.

“I was just hustling it and got too much, obviously,” Herbst informed NBCSN. “Gotta start in a backup car at the back of the race tomorrow. Hopefully, we can work our way to the front and get some points.”

Herbst is presently 14th in the Xfinity playoff standings, 66 points behind 12th-place Jeremy Clements for the last playoff area.

Xfinity Series certifying starts Saturday at 11:35 p.m. ET on TrackPass and the NBC Sports app (NBCSN will get protection at Twelve noon ET). That will set the field for the Henry 180 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Roadway America Xfinity practice: Austin Cindric fastest initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.