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Johnny Sauter, Austin Hill Lead Truck Series Practices at Texas Motor Speedway

Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill topped a pair of Gander Outdoors Truck Series practices at Texas Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon (March 28) ahead of Friday night’s Vankor 350.

Sauter’s ThorSport teammate Grant Enfinger topped the leaderboard for much of the first session before he was knocked to the second spot by a 185.580 mph lap by the driver of the No. 13 Ford. Ben Rhodes was third-quickest followed by Kyle Busch. Brett Moffitt rounded out the top five.

Greg Biffle, who’s splitting practice time behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota with Busch ahead of his start in the Truck Series’ visit in June, spent most of the first session in the truck but ran well outside the top 10. He claimed he didn’t want to do anything stupid like wrecking the truck.

Rookie Sheldon Creed was sixth quickest, followed by Hill. After running sixth-quickest earlier in the session, Matt Crafton ended up eighth. Stewart Friesen and Harrison Burton rounded out the top 10.

The only incident in the first practice was a fire on Bayley Currey’s No. 1 Toyota late in the session.

Just 31 trucks posted times during the session. Norm Benning, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Ray Ciccarelli never took to the track. Meanwhile, only one driver ran at least 10 consecutive laps. Spencer Boyd ran an average speed of 176.804 mph.


An hour following the conclusion of the first session, nearly 25 of the entered truck hit the track almost immediately after the green flag flew over final practice. With less than three minutes remaining, Hill jumped to the top of the leaderboard, edging Moffitt with a 185.816 mph lap. Brennan Poole was third, followed by Friesen. Todd Gilliland, who was 13th in first practice, rounded out the top five.

Busch, who led midway through the session wound up sixth, followed by Crafton. Anthony Alfredo, who ran 11th in first practice and took the top spot early, was eighth-quickest. Rhodes and Creed rounded out the top 10.

Currey was the only driver to not turn a lap in the final practice.


Truck Series teams are scheduled to qualify Friday, March 29 at 5:10 p.m. ET. The Vankor 350 will run a few hours later at 9 p.m. ET with coverage on Fox Sports 1.

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Beth Lunkenheimer
Content Director Beth heads up management of our 30-person staff, acting as Tom’s main assistant with technology and personnel while working as Frontstretch’s Truck Series expert. The author of Truckin’ Thursdays and the coordinator of the site’s pre and post-race coverage, she also runs a periodic charity column that spotlights when NASCAR gives back. A childhood transplant to Texas, Beth is a 15-year writing veteran who has contributed content to BRANDT and Athlon Sports, among other outlets.