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When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hit Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday for the first of two practice sessions, drivers were met with a couple curveballs. DHT, a chemical used for drag racing, had been applied to the low groove of the track, and instead of gaining grip, drivers were complaining of a loose condition. This meant the middle of the track became golden real estate for speed.
Fastest of all, Christopher Bell, ran 28 laps in preparation for Wednesday night’s event with a time of 15.535 seconds. Timothy Peters was second, running 21 laps with a time of 15.600 seconds, and Rico Abreu‘s 15.800 second lap was good enough to slot in third.
Matt Crafton‘s 15.711 second lap was good enough to slot him eighth in the first practice results. Never having won at Bristol, Crafton’s first practice times show enough speed to get the job done in Thunder Valley this weekend.
Daniel Hemric found the turn 2 wall early on, and his team thrashed on the No. 19 machine to get it back into race shape. The damage to his rear end kept Hemric from completing the session, and he was unable to put down an official lap.
Brandon Brown had better luck, as he also spun during the session, but with no damage, he was able to muster up a 16.233, good enough for 27th fastest.
Final practice will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET, with qualifying following, and the UNOH 200 NCWTS race at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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