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Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones Top Iowa Truck Practices

On Friday afternoon (June 23) at Iowa Speedway, Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Christopher Bell was the fastest man in Camping World Truck Series practice.  Bell’s lap of 23.289 seconds (135.257 mph) in the first session stood up as the fastest lap of the day.

Practice No. 1

Bell’s lap was six hundredths of a second faster than Brad Keselowski Racing’s Chase Briscoe in second.  Part-time racer Jesse Little was third quickest, followed by Gateway winner John Hunter Nemechek.  ThorSport Racing’s Cody Coughlin was fifth.  Austin Cindric was sixth in the second BKR entry, followed by Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter.  Brandon Jones and Justin Haley rounded out the top 10.

Only six drivers in the first session completed a 10-lap run on course.  Of those six, Briscoe was fastest with an average lap time of 24.272 seconds (129.780 mph), followed by Bell.

Results of Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200 Practice No. 1

Practice No. 2

In Camping World Truck Series happy hour, it was Jones in the MDM Motorsports No. 99 Chevrolet that topped the charts.  Jones’ quick time on his final lap of practice was only one-thousandth of a second slower than Bell’s quick time in the first session.

Jones’ lap of 23.290 seconds (135.251 mph) was one-thousandth of a second quicker than Ryan Truex in the HRE Motorsports Toyota.  Rhodes was third quickest, followed by GMS Racing teammates Sauter and Kaz Grala.  Nemechek was sixth quickest, followed by Haley, Matt Crafton, Harrison Burton and Little.

Rhodes was the fastest driver of the day in the 10-lap average, averaging a lap time of approximately 23.956 seconds (131.490 mph), seven-hundredths of a second faster than Truex.

Results of Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200 Happy Hour

Qualifying for the M&M’s 200 is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. ET.  The session will not be televised as part of it will take place at the same time as Final Practice from Sonoma for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

About the author

Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as the Super DIRTcar Series.

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