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William Byron Paces Opening Truck Practice in Martinsville

Even in practice, short tracks seem to naturally bring out young talent in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.

William Byron, a rookie for Kyle Busch Motorsports, led the way in opening practice at Martinsville Speedway posting a lap time of 19.868 seconds [95.309 mph]. The 18-year-old Rookie of the Year contender was 0.127 seconds ahead of second place Timothy Peters.

Kyle Busch was third quick, posting his first laps driving a Truck in 2016. The Cup Series full-timer is running just a small handful of events. Johnny Sauter and Cole Custer rounded out the top-5 competitors.

Tyler Young put his No. 02 Chevrolet up in the sixth spot with an impressive practice run. Defending Martinsville winner Matt Crafton was seventh while Daniel Hemric, Ben Rhodes and Kyle Larson rounded out the top 10.

Teenager Kaz Grala, making his first Truck Series start with GMS Racing, put down a respectable lap time in 16th spot while point leader Parker Kligerman was 21st.

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