BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 17: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Goody's Mixed Fruit Blast Chevrolet, stands by his car during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 17, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Must-win drivers lag in Richmond practice round


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

Junior and 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, NASCAR.com 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.