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After leading the way in opening practice Friday morning, William Byron was downright dominant in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Happy Hour.
Byron wound up more than a half-second quicker than the field in final practice, running a fast lap of 171.778 mph. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver wound up running nine laps in total.
Daniel Suarez was second on the board to his KBM teammate (169.083 mph) while Cole Custer was third (168.797 mph) in his final full-time run before making the move to the XFINITY Series full-time next season. However, both drivers seemed a clear rung below Byron’s No. 9 ride.
Brady Boswell, replacing John Wes Townley in the No. 05 for Athenian Motorsports, turned the fourth-quickest lap (168.403 mph). Christopher Bell was first of the Championship 4 in fifth (168.340 mph). Bell, who will have 30 career starts under his belt Friday night, is aiming to be the least experienced Truck Series champion since the series came into existence in 1995.
John Hunter Nemechek, Jesse Little, Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes and Grant Enfinger made up the remainder of the top 10. Enfinger in particular was impressive after stepping out of his usual GMS Racing ride to moonlight with Ricky Benton Racing’s part-time No. 92 in the season finale.
While Bell was in the top 5 on speed, the rest of the Championship 4 contenders struggled in final practice. Matt Crafton was 15th, Timothy Peters was 17th and Johnny Sauter was down in 23rd. Many of the teams used the same tires that they did in the first practice to conserve rubber for the 200-mile race this evening.
Spencer Boyd, who was slowest of the 35 trucks, turned 42 timed laps, the most of all drivers. Kyle Larson, the only Cup Series driver in the field, turned 39 circuits and was quickest on 10-lap average speed at 162.601 mph.
Qualifying is scheduled to begin shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET. Crafton is the defending winner of the event.
Click here for a full list of speeds from Friday Happy Hour practice.
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