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Erik Jones, Kasey Kahne Top 2015 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Practices at Charlotte

Erik Jones dominated in the race last week, and Kasey Kahne has dominated nearly every Truck race he’s ran. Both drivers showed speed in Thursday’s two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions, with Kahne topping the early session and Jones leading the second.

In his first race of the year with backing from Dollar General, Jones put down the fastest lap of the day with a speed of 180.693 mph. He was followed on the charts by NTS Motorsports’ Scott Lagasse Jr., who put down a 180.668-mph lap late in practice in his No. 31 Chevrolet. Jones’s teammate Matt Tifft was third quickest in his first day piloting the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota with a speed of 180.608 mph.

Kahne continued to show speed in the evening session after topping the first session, driving his No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet to a fourth-quickest 180.493 mph lap.

Brad Keselowski Racing’s Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five with a top speed of 180.228 mph. Points leader Matt Crafton brought home the sixth quickest lap, improving from a 13th-quickest lap in session one.


Practice 1

Looking for his fifth win in six starts, Kahne drove his No. 00 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports to a 180.258-mph lap to top the first three-hour practice session. NEMCO Motorsports’ Joe Nemechek followed Kahne to second-fastest on the charts with a 179.856 mph lap in his No. 8 truck.

NTS Motorsports’ Daniel Hemric (179.581 mph), GMS Racing’s Spencer Gallagher (179.485), and KBM’s Justin Boston (179.313 mph) rounded out the top five.

2012 Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski put up the 10th-fastest speed with a 178.501-mph lap. He’ll make his second Truck Series start of the year on Friday night, driving his own BKR No. 29.


About the author

A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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