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The No. 4 became a fixture at the top of the leaderboard at Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday night (June 8), as Christopher Bell laid down the fastest lap in all three of the Camping World Truck Series practice sessions.
Bell’s speed of 182.877 mph was enough to top the first session of the triple header. Points leader and most recent winner Johnny Sauter (182.729 mph) followed the No. 4, while Ben Rhodes (181.305 mph), Myatt Snyder (180.747 mph) and John Hunter Nemechek (180.246 mph) rounded out the top five.
As the sun was setting, Bell’s speed picked up to 185.300 mph in the second session on Thursday. Grant Enfinger (184.634 mph) moved up to second place and Sauter (183.993 mph) dropped to third. Rookie Noah Gragson (183.799 mph) and Nemechek (183.786 mph) completed the fast five.
Sauter spun out during the second practice, but did not damage his No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado.
Then, under nighttime conditions, Bell’s speed moved up just a tad in the final session to 185.982 mph. Like in the first practice, Sauter (185.420 mph) and Rhodes (184.641 mph) occupied positions two and three. Matt Crafton (184.641 mph) broke into the top five, as his time was good enough for fourth place, and Ryan Truex (184.634 mph) grabbed fifth.
The 21st edition of the Rattlesnake 400 will take place on Friday night (June 9) at 8 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and MRN.
Practice one results | Practice two | Practice three
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Michael Massie is a writer for Frontstretch. Massie, a Richmond, Va. native, has been a NASCAR superfan since childhood, when he frequented races at Richmond International Raceway. Massie is a lover of short track racing and travels around to the ones in his region. Outside of motorsports, the Virginia Tech grad can be seen cheering on his beloved Hokies.
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