If the first Richmond practice is any indication, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Erick Jones are in a lot of trouble.

Junior andĀ Erik Jones both must win at Richmond Saturday night if they want to make the playoffs. But Earnhardt was sixth and Jones the eighth-fastest speed in the first practice of the day, reported.

The top five — Matt Kenseth, still looking for a 2018 ride, was No. 1. His No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota’s time of 120.897 was matched by the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota driven by regular season champ Martin Treux, Jr.

Kyle Busch (120.423), Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

Must-win drivers lag in Richmond practice round Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
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