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Rookies and Veterans Fast in Truck Series Practices at Texas

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.

Practice One:

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.

Timothy Peters was second at 178.554 mph, with John Wes Townley third at 178.412 mph, Daniel Hemric fourth at 178.118 mph and Byron rounding out the top five at 177.877 mph.

Spencer Gallagher, Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, Rico Abreu and Tyler Reddick completed the top 10.

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.

Rattlesnake 400 Practice I

Practice Two: 

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.

Sauter, Ben Kennedy, Christopher Bell, Cameron Hayley and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top 10.

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.

Rattlesnake 400 Final Practice

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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Dustin Albino
Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.

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