The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off their Chase this weekend in New Hampshire, as the drivers took to the “Magic Mile” for two practice sessions on Friday afternoon. Luckily, both sessions were able to run to completion, as it didn’t appear it would be that way with morning. Rain fell on the 1.033-mile oval this morning and again following the lone NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session of the day, but track officials were able to get the New England track dried and ready for the Trucks to practice.
In the first session, rookie Ben Rhodes was quickest as he turned a lap of 132.076 mph in his No. 41 Toyota. Rhodes, isn’t a part of the eight driver Chase field, but he can definitely play spoiler in the race on Saturday.
Two more rookies were behind him as points leader William Byron (131.811 mph) was second quickest while Christopher Bell (131.256 mph) was third. Unlike Rhodes, both are part of the Chase this weekend.
Johnny Sauter was fourth overall with a lap of 130.990 mph while Ben Kennedy rounded out the top five in the initial session with a speed of 130.707 mph.
In the second session, a normal championship favorite in Matt Crafton found the top of the speed charts as he turned a lap of 132.882 mph in his No. 88 Toyota in final practice. Crafton, was sixth overall in the first session, as it gives him a ton of confidence to get the big victory tomorrow afternoon.
Rhodes, backed up his quick lap in the first session and turned it into the second quickest lap in final practice as the Kentucky native turned a lap of 132.697 mph in session No. 2. Like in the first session, Byron was right behind him in the speed charts as the Liberty University freshman was third quickest with a speed of 132.683 mph.
Cameron Hayley was fourth with a lap of 132.337 mph while Kennedy once again rounded out the top five with a speed of 132.287 mph.