Sheldon Creed was fastest in the lone NASCAR Xfinity Series practice session Friday at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee.
The Richard Childress Racing driver didn’t go to the top of the chart until the final few minutes of the session, posting a top speed of 155.824 mph.
Creed recorded 32 laps around the 1.33-mile oval.
AJ Allmendinger had the second-best speed at 154.841 mph. Allmendinger, who leads the points, made 38 laps during the session.
“You never know what it’s going to hold tomorrow, but the biggest thing is at least we’ve had speed,” Allmendinger told NBC Sports. “That’s something over the last couple of months, even in practice, we haven’t had speed. So to be P1 on the board and be consistent in lap times, at least it’s a really good start.
The top five was completed by Noah Gragson (154.491 mph), Daniel Hemric (154.457) and the surprising JJ Yeley (154.307).
Tyler Reddick, who is making his third start in Big Machine Racing’s No. 48 car, will have an engine change after he experienced a shifting issue.