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Matt Crafton, Ryan Blaney Pace Thursday Truck Series Practices at Homestead

The battle for the Camping World Truck Series championship heated up on Thursday as championship leader Matt Crafton and second-place Ryan Blaney paced practices for Friday’s season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200.

Crafton, who comes into this weekend with the opportunity to become the first driver to win back-to-back Truck Series championships, was on top of the board in practice one with a speed of 166.728 mph, followed closely by Brad Keselowski Racing drivers Tyler Reddick and Blaney in second and third, respectively.

Blaney paced happy hour for the trucks with a speed of 165.996 mph, with Reddick close behind once again. Crafton finished 17th in final practice.

Crafton needs to finish 21st or better to clinch the championship tomorrow night.

The Ford EcoBoost 200 goes green at 8:18 p.m. ET Friday night (Nov. 14) on FOX Sports 1. Head here and here for full results rundowns.

About the author

Justin starts his second year with the Frontstretch in 2014, responsible for Sprint Cup news in our e-newsletter twice a week. Also a Frontstretch Power Rankings contributor, he acts as “super sub” filling in for various columns throughout the season. He resides out in Missouri.

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