TALLADEGA, Ala – Friday was all about drafting practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers, as they had two practice sessions at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway this afternoon. With Talladega being like no other race outside of Daytona, practice today was more about making your Truck great in the draft rather than going after straight line speed.
NASCAR gave teams two sessions today as they will qualify, then race on Saturday for the Freds 250 (1 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN). So, that makes today important as it’s the only time these drivers will be on the high banked Talladega track outside of qualifying and racing.
In the first session, three rookies led the way as rookie Grant Enfinger turned the quickest lap in that practice with a speed of 183.300 in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Fellow rookie Cody Coughlin was next on the speed charts as he turned a lap of 186.275 mph in his No. 51 Toyota.
Coughlin, Kyle Busch Motorsports’ rookie teammate Christopher Bell was third, as he turned a lap of 186.191 mph in his No. 4 Toyota. Bell, was the quickest among the eight Chase eligible drivers in the initial session.
Fellow Chaser Matt Crafton was fourth fastest (186.151 mph) while John Wes Townley (186.079 mph) rounded out the top five.
The other Chasers in that session were: Timothy Peters (10th), William Byron (13th), Johnny Sauter (14th), John Hunter Nemechek (16th), Ben Kennedy (18th) and Daniel Hemric (21st).
Then, in final practice, only a handful of truckers took to the track in a drafting session, as most of the drivers either stayed in the garage skipping that session or ran single Truck runs. Korbin Forrister led the way on the speed charts in final practice as he turned a lap of 187.956 mph in his No. 5 Toyota.
Chaser Ben Kennedy was second in the session with a lap of 187.368 mph while both Brad Keselowski Racing drivers in Tyler Reddick (187.284 mph) and Daniel Hemric (187.156 mph) were right behind him in third and fourth respectively.
Nemechek, was the third Chaser in the top five in the final session rounded out the top five at 187.119 mph in his No. 8 Chevrolet.
Other Chasers were Matt Crafton (8th), Johnny Sauter (19th), William Byron (23rd), Christopher Bell (24th).
The best news of the day was that there were zero incidents as all that’s now left for these drivers is qualifying in the morning then the race tomorrow afternoon.