Erik, Brandon Jones top lone XFINITY Series practices in Chicagoland

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

JOLIET, Ill. — The unrelated duo of Erik and Brandon Jones combined to top the only two practice sessions for the XFINITY Series ahead of Saturday’s 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Final Practice

Erik Jones laid down a 31.158-second circuit (173.310 mph) to pace the second of two practice sessions at Chicagoland.

Jones, 21, is one of six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars that will contest the XFINITY Series’ regular season finale. The final eight races of the tour’s season can only be contested by Cup Series drivers with fewer than five years of full-time experience in the premier series.

Spencer Gallagher (172.381 mph) followed in second, with Daniel Suarez (172.320 mph), Cole Custer (172.276 mph) and Ryan Blaney (172.249 mph) rounding out the top five. William Byron (172.051 mph), Kyle Larson (172.046 mph), Elliott Sadler (171.914 mph), Brennan Poole (171.320 mph) and Blake Koch (171.054 mph) completed the top 10.

All but one of the 40 competitors on the property set a time during the session. Matt Mills was the lone driver to avoid completing a lap at pace.

The XFINITY Series will return for qualifying on Saturday at 12:35 p.m. ET.

Results, via NASCAR

First Practice 

Brandon Jones surged atop the charts late to lead the Friday’s first XFINITY Series practice. The Georgian’s 174.413 mph circuit – timed at 30.961 seconds – proved as the strongest lap in the session.

Now in his second year with Richard Childress Racing, Jones is in need of a victory in this weekend’s 300 to clinch his way into the XFINITY Series playoffs.

Erik Jones followed in second with a fast lap of 173.639 mph. Matt Tifft (173.477 mph), Ryan Blaney (173.383 mph) and Brendan Gaughan (172.734 mph) completed the top five, with Austin Dillon (172.684 mph), Elliott Sadler (172.298 mph), William Byron (172.210 mph), Daniel Suarez (172.205 mph) and Ty Dillon (172.090 mph) finishing out the top 10.

The hour saw 35 of the 40 competitors on the property complete a circuit.

Results, via NASCAR

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