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Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton Lead Pair of Truck Series Practices in Las Vegas

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ThorSport Racing teammates Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton led a pair of Gander Outdoors Truck Series practices held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Thursday evening (Feb. 28).

Sauter’s 178.696 mph led the stable of ThorSport trucks, which all ran inside the top seven in the first session. Teammate Ben Rhodes posted a 178.577 mph lap, good enough for second-quickest. A pair of rookies in Sheldon Creed and Harrison Burton were third and fourth, respectively. Grant Enfinger rounded out the top five, however, a motor problem during the first session forced him to sit out final practice.

Just 29 of the 32 trucks entered turned a lap during the first session, while seven drivers ran 10 or more consecutive laps. Creed topped that list with a 176.780 mph average in the first 10 laps.


Meanwhile, Crafton, who was seventh during the first session, led the final practice and will be the final driver to go out for qualifying Friday afternoon (March 1). A 179.922 mph lap put him ahead of teammate Sauter. GMS Racing teammates Brett Moffitt and Creed ended the second session third and fourth, respectively. Atlanta winner Kyle Busch, who was ninth-quickest in the first round, completed the top five.

31 of 32 trucks ran laps in the final session, and eight drivers ran at least 10 consecutive laps. Creed once again led that group, this time with a 177.182 mph average.

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Ryan Reed, who spent the last five seasons running the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing, is set to make a one-off start for DGR-Crosley this weekend with backing from Dexcom, a diabetes management company. Reed, who has a single 2012 series start (17th, Las Vegas – 2012), ran 13th and 12th in the practices.

Stefan Parsons, who is making his third career start and the first for Beaver Motorsports this season, ended up 25th and 26th.

Truck Series drivers will qualify for Friday night’s (March 1) race at 5:10 p.m. ET. The Strat 200 is scheduled to go green at 9 p.m. ET.

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