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Anthony Alfredo (left) and Harrison Burton were fourth and first fastest, respectively, in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Zombie Auto 150. (Jason Christley/NASCAR)

PRACTICE: Harrison Burton Continues Fast Pace at Bristol

BRISOL, Tenn. — Reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Harrison Burton has been fast at Bristol Motor Speedway every time he’s been behind the wheel.

On Friday afternoon, that trend continued. The Huntersville, North Carolina native paced the field with a lap of 122.787 mph (15.627 seconds) around the World’s Fastest Half-Mile in the one and only practice session for Saturday’s Zombie Auto 150.

In two previous K&N Pro East starts at Bristol, Burton started on the pole both times (2016 and 2017). His engine expired in the 2016 event, ending his afternoon prematurely. He won the rain-shortened race last year.

In the season-opening race at New Smyrna, Burton started first and finished third.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Noah Gragson was second fastest with a lap of 15.652 (122.591). In 2016, the Las Vegas, Nevada native started 14th and finished 12th in his only other K&N East start at Thunder Valley.

Tyler Dippel (15.664), Anthony Alfredo (15.668) and Brandon McReynolds (15.676) rounded out the top five when the 60-minute practice session concluded.

Two-time and reigning K&N Pro West champion Todd Gilliland, Cole Rouse, Spencer Davis, Tyler Ankrum and Derek Kraus completed the top 10.

The K&N Pro East will hit the track for group qualifying later on Friday at 6 p.m. ET, with the green flag for the Zombie Auto 150 scheduled to fly at 4 p.m. Saturday.