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Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes Lead Truck Practices at Kentucky

Justin Haley and Ben Rhodes led the field in the pair of 50-minute Thursday morning practices ahead of tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway, the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. Last year’s winner of this race was eventual champion Christopher Bell, who is now racing in the XFINITY Series.

First practice:

Haley’s No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet zipped around the track at 182.076 mph, followed by his alliance teammate Stewart Friesen at 181.788 mph. ThorSport Racing’s Myatt Snider was the fastest Ford in third as the No. 13 clocked in at 181.616 mph, and the lead Toyota was Brandon Jones in the No. 51, as Kyle Busch Motorsports driver ran a lap of 181.336 mph. Rounding out the top five was GMS Racing’s Dalton Sargeant at 180.947 mph.

Finishing sixth through 10th were Noah Gragson, Todd Gilliland (in Bell’s old truck), Matt Crafton, points leader Johnny Sauter and Grant Enfinger.

Sargeant drove the most laps of the session at 28, while Timmy Hill drove the fewest at two. Wendell Chavous‘ No. 49 was the slowest truck at 165.614 mph.

28 of the 34 entries took part in this session. Jennifer Jo Cobb did get her No. 10 Chevrolet on track, but did not record an official lap time.


Second Practice:

A flurry of late runs in the second session shuffled up the leaderboard considerably, but it ended with Rhodes on top with a speed of 182.934 mph.  He was followed by teammate Enfinger at 181.904 mph and Chris Eggleston in the DGR-Crosley No. 17 at 181.622 mph. Crafton was fourth with a speed of 181.232 mph, while Jones was fifth at 181.190 mph after leading most of the practice.

Sixth through 10th were Sargeant, Gragson, Snider, Sauter and Friesen.

Sauter completed the most laps with 32, while Hill turned the fewest at three.

All 34 entries hit the track this practice, slowest was Norm Benning‘s No. 6 at 162.553 mph.

A red flag halted practice for about 11 minutes two-thirds of the way through the session because of oil leaking onto the track from a blown engine in Gragson’s No. 18 Toyota. As per NASCAR rules, Gragson will have to start the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at the rear of the field.


Qualifying for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 will be later Thursday at 5:10 p.m. ET, while the race itself will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.  Live TV coverage of both qualifying and the race will be on FOX Sports 1.

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