Martinsville, VA – Despite rain being forecasted for much of Friday for the Martinsville Speedway area, NASCAR was still able to complete at least one of the two scheduled NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions at the .526-mile Virginia short track in preparation for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Resources 250 (3 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN).
In the first session, the only one to be run today, youth was best served with the entire top five on the speed charts being 24 years old or younger. In fact, if you go through the top 10, just two drivers are older than 24 and seven of the 10 are 22 years of age or younger.
22-year old Christopher Bell led the way in the first of two sessions on Friday with a speed of 93.724 mph in his No. 4 Toyota. 24-year old Brett Moffitt had his Red Horse Racing No. 7 Toyota second on the speed charts with a lap of 93.447 mph.
Two 18-year old drivers were third and fourth respectively with Noah Gragson (93.400 mph) being third fastest in his No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota and Daytona winner Kaz Grala (93.377 mph) being fourth fastest in his No. 33 Chevrolet.
Another 22-year old Chase Briscoe rounded out the top five with a speed of 93.359 mph in his No. 29 Ford.
The veterans of the series in 40-year old Matt Crafton and 38-year old Johnny Sauter were sixth and eighth respectively. A 16-year old in Harrison Burton was seventh fastest while 21-year old Chase Elliott and 19-year old John Hunter Nemechek were ninth and 10th respectively in the initial session.
Just about 20 minutes before final practice was slated to begin, rain began pouring down on the paperclip short track. With Cup qualifying later on today, and a tight schedule to beat darkness after, the final session was cancelled.
The drivers will qualify tomorrow morning at 11:05 am ET on FS1.