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Talladega Superspeedway is known for being a track where everybody has a shot at winning, and Friday was no exception, as both NASCAR Camping World Truck practices featured part-timers on the top of the charts.
The practices had a mix of solo qualifying runs, trucks going out in packs and teammates drafting together. Due to this, there were giant speed differences from the top and the bottom of the board (Jennifer Jo Cobb, for example, was off the pace by over eight seconds in practice one).
Grant Enfinger ended the first practice as the fastest truck in Talladega, going 186.300 mph around the 2.66-mile Alabama oval. Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA champion, had a best finish of third at Talladega in that series. Cody Coughlin, who has an average finish of 19.9 in his eight starts this season for Kyle Busch Motorsports, was second. Christopher Bell was third and Matt Crafton was fourth. John Wes Townley rounded out the top 5.
Korbin Forrister, who hasn’t qualified for a race since last season and is most known for driving an unsponsored Trump For President truck in certain races last year, was the fastest in final practice and of the day at 187.956 mph, driving for Wauters Motorsports in the team’s first appearance this season. Ben Kennedy has only a best finish of 25th in his two starts at Talladega in the Truck Series but was second in this session. Tyler Reddick, fresh off his win at Las Vegas, was third. Reddick’s teammate Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek, who are both 15 points out of the cutoff spot for the next round of the Chase, were fourth and fifth on the board respectively.
Save for Rico Abreu having a tire go flat in practice one, there were no real issues in either practice.
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