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It’s become normal to see Kyle Busch’s name atop the leader board whenever he decides to run in NASCAR’s XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series. Although his time behind the wheel of those machines has dwindled with the new rules limiting Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitors joining in on the fun in the lower tier series, it hasn’t slowed him down one bit.
Running the fastest average lap speed in Camping World Truck Series practice from Kentucky Speedway at nearly 181 mph, it wasn’t for lack of competition as Christopher Bell in his own KBM Toyota was only 0.016 seconds off Busch’s pace. Kaz Grala, the surprise winner at Daytona slotted into third place in the final running order only 0.033 seconds off Busch’s pace.
Each of the top three drivers ran over 40 laps during the session as 32 drivers took to the Speedway to setup for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225, which will take place tomorrow night at 7:30 pm on Fox Sports 1.
The most worrying moment of the session took place when Chase Briscoe’s No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 fielded by Brad Keselowski, blew a tire entering the corner and slammed the SAFER Barrier. Briscoe later commented through twitter saying it was the “Hardest hit of my life.”
Briscoe’s team will be forced to start from the rear of the field on Thursday evening as they were forced to a backup truck.
Other notables included Matt Crafton’s No. 88 Menards Toyota and Johnny Sauter’s No. 21 Allegiant Airlines Chevy in fourth and fifth respectively, along with John Hunter Nemecheck in tenth overall.
Complete practice results are available here: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/race-center/2017/camping-world-truck-series/buckle-up-in-your-truck-225.practice2.html
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God ole mighty! When will Brian wake up and stop these cup guys with unlimited funds beating the crap out of little guys that don’t have the financial aspect, R&D, and resources that the big players have. I don’t even need to DVR the race because I already know the outcome. You want to make it a fair/interesting race? Let’s put Kyle or any top Cupper in a car 10 HP short of everyone else and then maybe we would have a fair race and would make the cup guys think twice about running the Busch or Craftsman Truck Series. If Kyle would crush the field then well then my hats off to him. I honestly think every car should be dyno’ed right before a race and let everyone including teams and fans know what’s under everyone’s hood because I bet you not only does he have one of the strongest engines; he also has one of the most advanced chassis. I know that’s a wet dream but until they stop the cherry picking and fix the aero issues nothing will ever change in the sport.
Like taking lollipops from a baby! And so proud doing it!