After having the first of three practice sessions postponed due to NASCAR officials not being on the premises, the Camping World Truck Series finally got on track Thursday evening.
It was a mixture of youth and experience that laid down quick laps in each session. Matt Crafton, two time winner at Texas, led the first session with Rookie of the Year contender William Byron leading the latter.
Sweeping the last two races on the circuit, and at Texas, Crafton posted a lap at 178.950 mph that remained the fastest throughout the 45 minute opening session. The No. 88 Toyota was on track for five laps.
Down in 23rd was Austin Self who turned 23 laps around the 1.5-mile oval, the most of all drivers. Just 25 of the 34 drivers posted a lap on track with the crews being behind due to a mechanical problem on the plane that NASCAR officials were supposed to take to the Lone Star State.
As final practice expired, Townley surpassed Byron on the leader board to post the top lap at a speed of 179.420 mph. The No. 9 truck moved down to second at 178.950 mph, the exact time that was the fastest lap in opening practice and recorded 51 laps, the most of all 34 trucks that took time.
Gallagher was third at 178,855 with Rhodes fourth at 178.625 and Crafton dropped to fifth at 178.577 mph.
In his return to the Truck Series, Germain Quiroga was 14th, over three-tenths of a second off the fast time.
The 19th fastest lap belonged to Cole Custer, who will be graduating high school prior to the green flag Friday night during driver introductions.
Qualifying will be held at 6:00 p.m. ET Friday with the race beginning shortly after at 9:oo p.m. ET.
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