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Matt Crafton Paces Final Truck Practice at New Hampshire

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In the final five minutes of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the top 12 positions changed hands, and as time expired, former Truck Series champion Matt Crafton turned a lap of 132.882 mph, jumping the No. 88 to the top of the leaderboard.

After having the fastest truck in opening practice, Ben Rhodes was second in the final session (132.697 mph). The No. 41 truck was less than a half-tenth of a second off the top lap.

William Byron turned the third best lap (132.489 mph), Cameron Hayley, who is coming off a career-best finish at Chicagoland Speedway, was fourth (132,337 mph) and Ben Kennedy rounded out the top 5 (132,287 mph).

Christopher Bell, Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter were other Chase drivers among the top 10, all within two-tenths of each other.

Daniel Hemric was 11th on the pylon and John Hunter Nemechek was 15th, the final of the eight Chase drivers.

Three drivers made a run of 10 or more laps. For the second straight session Byron led the way in that category. Tommy Joe Martins was 24th on single-lap speed. The No. 44 truck ran 46 laps, the most of all drivers.

Qualifying will begin shortly after 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. Last year, Austin Dillon won from the pole, leading 80 laps.

About the author

Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.

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