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Tyler Reddick‘s goal of winning in front of his sponsors might not be too far of a race with the speed the Californian showed in final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice.
Reddick’s 38.765-second lap stood as the quickest time in the final practice session for Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Brett Moffitt (38.798) followed in second, with Johnny Sauter, Daniel Hemric and Rico Abreu rounding out the top five.
Matt Crafton, Cole Custer, John Hunter Nemechek, Cameron Hayley and Grant Enfinger completed the top 10.
After an eventful opening practice, the Truck Series field again chose to run in packs for much of final practice, placing an emphasis on race setup in the draft over qualifying performance. Despite the pack runs, the field completed the final session without a stoppage.
Two drivers found issue during the session. Norm Benning was attempting to wheel his No. 63 machine onto the racing surface when it stalled at garage exit, requiring the field to work their way around him to make it onto the racing surface. Benning ultimately made his way back to his hauler with the help of his crew.
Ben Rhodes, who ended practice in 12th, will have to revert to a backup car after blowing a motor late in the session.
The NCWTS field will return to action on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. ET for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying.
Running at the fastest track on the circuit, Canadian Cameron Hayley led the way in opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Michigan International Speedway.
Hayley’s 38.543-second lap stood as the quickest time of the session at MIS, just .002 seconds ahead of Johnny Sauter in second.
Matt Crafton (38.576), Brett Moffitt (38.597) and Ben Rhodes (38.631) completed the top five, with Tyler Reddick, Cody Coughlin, William Byron, Rico Abreu and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top 10.
The opening session proved dicey for much of the field. With only two practices to dial in their trucks before tomorrow’s Keystone Light Pole Qualifying and race, the majority of the field chose to run in packs and test their machines. This led to a few close calls, highlighted by contact between Reddick and Ryan Truex that send Reddick’s No. 29 Ford sideways before the Californian managed to straighten the machine out.
“The truck’s fine. I just don’t know what I was doing out there,” Reddick said after the incident.
The caution flag flew only one time for the session, coming early on for a stalled Ryan Ellis. Driving Norm Benning’s No. 6 Chevrolet, Ellis was taken back to the garage area before returning to run a 46.161-second lap later in the session.
The Truck Series will return at 4 p.m. ET for a final practice.
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