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BRASELTON, Ga. – Dylan Kwasniewski topped the charts on Friday in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice at Road Atlanta.
The 18-year-old Las Vegas driver brings a five-point lead over Brett Moffitt, 21, into the event as the two NASCAR Next drivers vie for the series title. Kwasniewski made his way around the 2.54-mile road course in 87.306 seconds for an average speed of 104.735 mph.
Daniel Suárez, another member of the NASCAR Next program, was second fastest at 87.304 seconds (104.642 mph) followed by Canadian road-course ace Andrew Ranger at 87.501 seconds (104.502 mph) in third.
Bryan Ortiz was fourth with a time of 87.687 seconds (104.280 mph) and Moffitt was fifth at 87.896 seconds (104.032 mph).
Austin Dyne, Gray Gaulding, Sergio Peña, Cole Custer and Dale Quarterley rounded out the top-10 drivers.
NASCAR Next is an industry initiative to spotlight young, talented drivers in NASCAR.
The practice session was the first official time the cars were able to get on the track after all of Thursday’s on-track activity was washed out due to rain. As a result, the lineup for the race will be set per the series rule book.
The Road Atlanta 115 is set to get underway at 3:30 p.m. ET.