Justin Marks leads James Davison in Road America practice

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Justin Marks leads James Davison in Road America practice
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Aug 24, 2018, 9:36 PM

NASCAR and road racing veteran Justin Marks showed the way in Friday’s final Xfinity Series practice at Road America.

Marks, who is competing full-time in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship, posted the fastest average lap speed (109.603 mph) in Friday’s final practice in preparation for Saturday’s Johnsonville 180.

Only two drivers – Tyler Reddick and Conor Daly – went out in the first practice since it was raining heavily.

“The car is fine. We really stuck with the same package we had here last year and just made some tweaks,” said Marks, who is driving Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet and will also compete in the Xfinity race on the Charlotte Roval in September.

“I didn’t want to change much because we were really good here last year. Real happy with this Chip Ganassi Racing team and our No. 42 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet.

“Just doing what we came here to do.”

James Davison, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, ended up second-fastest (109.178 mph) and Austin Cindric was third (109.147 mph). Justin Allgaier and Matt Tifft completed the top-five.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Cole Custer, Andy Lally, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric and Christopher Bell.

Take a virtual lap in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car around the Road America circuit, courtesy of NASCAR Heat 3:

la # Driver 4506 Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 42 United States Justin Marks  Chevrolet 14 2'12.960     109.603
2 18 Australia James Davison  Toyota 13 2'13.477 0.517 0.517 109.178
3 22 United States Austin Cindric  Ford 13 2'13.515 0.555 0.038 109.147
4 7 United States Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 10 2'13.610 0.650 0.095 109.070
5 2 United States Matt Tifft  Chevrolet 13 2'13.838 0.878 0.228 108.884
6 00 United States Cole Custer    11 2'13.855 0.895 0.017 108.870
7 90 United States Andy Lally  Chevrolet 3 2'13.953 0.993 0.098 108.790
8 1 United States Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 12 2'14.334 1.374 0.381 108.482
9 21 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 13 2'14.684 1.724 0.350 108.200
10 20 United States Christopher Bell  Toyota 11 2'14.824 1.864 0.140 108.088
11 9 United States Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 9 2'14.890 1.930 0.066 108.035
12 60 United States Ty Majeski  Ford 12 2'14.896 1.936 0.006 108.030
13 16 United States Ryan Reed  Ford 11 2'15.368 2.408 0.472 107.653
14 19 United States Brandon Jones  Toyota 13 2'15.424 2.464 0.056 107.609
15 3 United States Brendan Gaughan  Chevrolet 11 2'15.457 2.497 0.033 107.582
16 61 United States Kaz Grala  Ford 8 2'15.558 2.598 0.101 107.502
17 6 United States Conor Daly  Ford 16 2'15.671 2.711 0.113 107.413
18 51 United States Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 5 2'15.746 2.786 0.075 107.353
19 4 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 6 2'16.044 3.084 0.298 107.118
20 11 United States Ryan Truex  Chevrolet 11 2'16.332 3.372 0.288 106.892
21 36 Canada Alex Labbé  Chevrolet 9 2'16.348 3.388 0.016 106.879
22 5 United States Michael Annett  Chevrolet 13 2'16.602 3.642 0.254 106.681
23 15 United Kingdom Katherine Legge  Chevrolet 8 2'16.803 3.843 0.201 106.524
24 39 United States Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 9 2'17.636 4.676 0.833 105.879
25 8 United States Scott Heckert  Chevrolet 10 2'17.688 4.728 0.052 105.839
26 23 United States Bill Elliott  Chevrolet 15 2'17.751 4.791 0.063 105.791
27 78 United States Ryan Ellis  Chevrolet 4 2'18.013 5.053 0.262 105.590
28 13 United States Timmy Hill  Dodge 2 2'18.326 5.366 0.313 105.351
29 45 United States Josh Bilicki  Toyota 9 2'18.660 5.700 0.334 105.097
30   United States Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 7 2'19.517 6.557 0.857 104.452
31 38 United States Brian Henderson  Chevrolet 6 2'19.960 7.000 0.443 104.121
32 52 United States David Starr  Chevrolet 7 2'20.307 7.347 0.347 103.864
33 35 United States Joey Gase  Chevrolet 11 2'20.482 7.522 0.175 103.734
34 55 United States James French  Toyota 5 2'21.130 8.170 0.648 103.258
35 40 United States Chad Finchum  Toyota 11 2'21.164 8.204 0.034 103.233
36 76 United States Spencer Boyd  Chevrolet 12 2'23.528 10.568 2.364 101.533
37 01 United States Vinnie Miller  Chevrolet 11 2'27.005 14.045 3.477 99.131
38 74 United States Stephen Leicht  Dodge 3 2'34.774 21.814 7.769 94.155
39 66 United States Carl Long  Dodge 1 6'43.764 4'30.804 4'08.990 36.092
40 93 United States Jeff Green  Chevrolet        
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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Road America
Author Jim Utter
Article type Practice report