(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Justin Haley and Spencer Gallagher Top Talladega Practices

GMS Racing continued their reign of dominance at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday during practices for Saturday’s Fr8Auctions 250.

The organization racked up their first XFINITY Series victory with Spencer Gallagher in May. They rolled off the truck with a fast fleet of trucks with Justin Haley leading first practice and Gallagher leading final practice.

Haley, a driver in the Round of 8, led the opening practice on a cool crisp fall morning. He turned a 193.494 mph (49.490-second) lap around the 2.66-mile track. Gallagher finished the session in second, with a lap that was just .002-seconds slower.

Last October’s winner Parker Kligerman finished the session in third while Johnny Sauter and Daytona Pole Sitter David Gilliland rounded out the top-five in speeds.

Of the 34 trucks who turned a lap in the session, Scott Lagasse Jr. was the slowest with a speed of 149.268 mph (64.153). The margin between first and 34th place was 14.663-seconds. The session was highlighted with multiple small packs and single-truck runs.

Results from Fr8Auctions 250 First Practice

Gallagher, second in the first session, finished the second session quickest. That session was highlighted by single-truck runs as they prepared for the qualifying session slated for 5:35 p.m. ET.

He turned a 180.928 mph (52.927-seconds) lap to put his No. 2 on the top of the speed charts. Grant Enfinger, the winner the last time the trucks raced in Las Vegas, finished the session in second 0.110-seconds off of the leader.

Todd Gilliland, who is making his superspeedway NCWTS debut, finished the session in third while Matt Crafton and Jordan Anderson rounded out the top-five speeds.

Of the 24 trucks who turned a lap during the session, Jamie Mosley was the slowest of the session with a speed of 170.841-mph (56.052-seconds). The margin between first and 24th was 3.125-seconds.

Results from Final Practice for the Fr8Auctions 250

Qualifying, as noted above, kicks off at 5:35 p.m. ET. Single truck qualifying will have Lagasse Jr. turning the first lap and Haley turning the final lap of the two-round rapid fire qualifying session.

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About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle returns to Frontstretch in 2020 as the photo editor at Frontstretch. He will continue to contribute content in the ARCA Menards Series, Sioux Chief Challenge, and ARCA East & West Series. He is also engaged and will be getting married during the 2020 NASCAR off-season. His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway. During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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