TALLADEGA, Ala – Toyota’s have won five of the last six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at the Talladega Superspeedway and all but three since the series started coming to the 2.66-mile Alabama oval in 2006. They’ve by far the ones to beat for Saturday’s Fr8Auctions 250 (1 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
But, in the two practice sessions on Friday, it was actually the Chevrolet drivers looking stout.
Chevy had 1-2-3-4-5 in the first of the two sessions on Friday morning and the quickest overall speed in final practice. While both sessions were tales of two opposite rounds, the first a drafting practice and the second single lap runs, right now, Chevy has the most all out speed.
Justin Haley led the way in the first practice with a speed of 193.494 mph in his No. 24 Chevrolet. Haley, already a winner in the first round of the Truck Series playoffs, doesn’t need to win in order to advance to the second round. Still, the speed is there. He was P10 in final practice.
Spencer Gallagher is back in the series in the No. 2 Chevrolet and was second to his GMS Racing teammate Haley in the first practice. Gallagher, turned a speed of 193.486 mph in the first session. He was quickest in final practice though, this time circling the high banked track with a speed of 180.928 mph. Again, his final practice time was a single lap run.
Gallagher, won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race back in April and is looking for a sweep of the feeder series’ races at Talladega in 2018.
Last year’s winner Parker Kligerman (192.355 mph) was third fastest in the initial session while John Hunter Nemechek (192.027 mph) and Johnny Sauter (190.947 mph) rounded out the top five.
Sauter, in a GMS truck won the season opener at Daytona, so GMS is proven to have top equipment on restrictor plate tracks. Throw in Timothy Peters in 10th and all four GMS trucks were in the top 10 in the first session.
In final practice, Grant Enfinger was next best behind Gallagher. The winner of the last race in Las Vegas turned a lap of 180.533 mph in his No. 98 Ford. Enfinger, an Alabama native, struggled with his Truck in the first practice but by the final one, everything seemed fixed.
Todd Gilliland (180.366 mph), Matt Crafton (179.480 mph) and Jordan Anderson (179.168 mph) rounded out the top five in final practice.
Chevy had five cars in the top nine of the speed charts.
In qualifying, Chevy had three of the top five starters, all being GMS Trucks.