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Raphael Lessard, Johnny Sauter Pace Thursday Dover Truck Practices

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Rookie Raphael Lessard and veteran Johnny Sauter paced the two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice Thursday (May 2) in preparation for Friday’s Jegs 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Leading the weekend’s first on-track activities, Lessard laid down the fastest lap of first practice in his Kyle Busch Motorsports-prepared No. 46 Toyota. The Canadian, who is prepped to make just his second career NGOTS start, slotted in at 155 mph.

GMS Racing competitor Brett Moffitt tallied the second fastest circuit, while Austin Hill, Johnny Sauter and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.

Coming off suspension, Austin Wayne Self placed 19th out of 31 trucks. Norm Benning was the only driver entered who elected not to practice, while teammates Daniel Sasnett and Ryan Sieg failed to complete a lap, after only shaking down their trucks.

Practice was slowed after Spencer Boyd slammed the wall after suffering an apparent mechanical failure. Boyd’s Young’s Motorsports team will go to a backup truck for the remainder of the race weekend.

Jegs 200 Practice 1 Results

Defending race winner Sauter clocked in a lap of 157 mph. Once again, Moffit placed second, followed by Stewart Friesen.

Harrison Burton and part-time competitor Jesse Little filled out the rest of the top five.

Over on the best 10-lap average board, rookie Sheldon Creed led the way with an average of 152.136 mph, followed closely by Burton, Matt Crafton and Gilliland.

Burton tallied the most completed laps in the session with 60, while Boyd was the only competitor not to participate during the session.

Jegs 200 Practice 2 Results

Qualifying for the JEGS 200 is scheduled for May 3 at 1:10 p.m. ET. The green flag will wave later that day at 5 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

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A lifelong race fan, Zach Gillispie joined Frontstretch fresh out of high school in the summer of 2018 as a news writer. In addition, Zach coordinates Frontstretch's industry-wide weekly power rankings column. Originally from Charlotte, NC, he resides in western PA with his family. He currently attends Grove City College and is a die-hard fan of the Atlanta Braves. Follow Zach on Twitter @gillispie_zach

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