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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Austin Dillon continues to be unfazed by the daunting task of racing Darlington Raceway for the first time in his career. For the second practice in a row he was at the top of the speed chart, the only driver to break the 169-mph barrier in both sessions. Dillon did a mock qualifying run at the end of the second session and turned a lap of 28.963 seconds for a speed of 169.789 mph.
James Buescher was able to make a leap from 13th to second in the second session, but was almost a full mph behind Dillon at 29.177 seconds and 168.891 mph. Timothy Peters continued to set a quick pace coming in third at almost the same time he clocked in the first session, even though the track was warmer the second time out for the trucks.
Aric Almirola climbed from 11th to fourth in the second practice with a time of 29.156 seconds, the same as Peters. Justin Lofton rounded out the top five, with the rest of the top 10 including Stacy Compton, Ken Schrader, Todd Bodine, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Jason White. The competitors have noted that the tires are wearing very nicely and the speeds are not dropping off much at all for an entire fuel run.
Catch the Camping World Truck Series Too Tough to Tame 200 at 7:48 p.m. ET tonight.
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What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Friday with Tech Talk. Mike announces several shows each year for the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association. He also pops up everywhere from PRN Pit Reporters and the Press Box with Alan Smothers to SIRIUS XM Radio. He has announced at tracks all over the Southeast, starting at Millbridge Speedway. He's also announced at East Lincoln Speedway, Concord Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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