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As the Camping World Truck Series heads to Atlanta, teams had over four hours to prepare their cars for qualifying and race conditions on Saturday. Throughout the three sessions, the same names remained up front with Grant Enfinger pacing two of the sessions.
Enfinger led the way on Friday morning in the first of three Camping World Truck Series practice sessions with a lap of 179.574 mph. The No. 33 truck cleared the field by over a tenth of a second, coming off of Daytona, where he started from pole.
In his first time back on track since barrel rolling a countless number of times, Christopher Bell was second quick in first practice. He led the Kyle Busch Motorsports trucks and is looking for redemption after taking that wild ride just one week ago.
Two-time truck champion Matt Crafton was third fastest, followed by Daniel Hemric, while John Wes Townley rounded out the top 5. The first five trucks were separated by nearly three tenths of a second.
Daytona winner, Johnny Sauter wound up 13th in the first practice in his first real race with GMS Racing. The only incident came when Korbin Forrister spun coming out of the pits to make his first lap.
Putting a late lap on the board of 178.224 mph. Townley put his Chevrolet in the first position the second practice session. He was followed by Hemric, who led the way for the majority of the round, but was beat by 0.075 seconds.
Truck Series rookie, William Byron finished up the practice third fastest, ahead of Cole Custer and Crafton in the top 5.
After leading the opening round of practice Enfinger was 11th quickest, over four tenths of a second behind Townley.
Series veterans Sauter and Spencer Gallagher both posted laps that had them 20th or slower, making final practice a crucial session to set up their truck for Saturday’s 200-mile event.
Enfinger paced the final practice much like he did the first. After laying down a lap of 178.775 mph, the No. 33 truck stayed on top of the scoring pylon for the remainder of the session.
In close pursuit were Crafton, Bell, Gallagher and Custer. The same trucks remained fast throughout the entire day of practice as they look to do battle on Saturday in race conditions.
Byron turned 48 circuits in final practice, the most of all drivers.
Qualifying is at 10 a.m. Saturday as the race starts at 4:30 p.m. Last season, Crafton started 15th before leading 85 laps and claiming victory by over eight seconds.
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