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On Friday afternoon, it was once again Kyle Busch Motorsports that ruled the roost in Camping World Truck Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Christopher Bell turned in the fastest lap of the day with a lap of 28.664 seconds (132.877 mph).
Practice No. 1
In session No. 1, only 22 of the 30 trucks entered turned in times. On his final lap of the session, Noah Gragson turned in the fastest time with a lap of 28.966 seconds (131.492 mph). That lap was half a tenth of a second faster than teammate Todd Gilliland. GMS Racing’s Justin Haley was third fastest.
The fastest of the playoff contenders was ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton in fourth, while Bell rounded out the top five. Johnny Sauter was sixth quickest, followed by Austin Cindric, Ben Rhodes and Kaz Grala. Grant Enfinger rounded out the top 10. The only playoff contenders outside the top 10 was John Hunter Nemechek in 12th and Chase Briscoe in 14th.
Only three drivers completed 10-lap runs during the session. Of those three, Bell was quickest with an average lap time of 29.447 seconds (129.345 mph).
Practice No. 2
In Happy Hour, Bell was fastest with the aforementioned fastest lap of the weekend. That lap was one-eighth of a second faster than Rhodes. Gilliland was third fastest, followed by Crafton and Gragson.
Sauter was once again sixth quickest, followed by Cindric and Enfinger. Ryan Truex, sporting sponsorship from Schenectady, N.Y.-based Price Chopper Supermarkets, was ninth quickest and Grala rounded out the top 10.
Once again, Nemechek and Briscoe were outside of the top 10 on the speed charts. This time, Nemechek was 13th quickest, while Briscoe was again 14th.
Bell once again had the fastest 10-lap average in the session. His laps were run at an average of 29.264 seconds (130.153 mph). Rhodes was second, followed by Cindric, Nemechek and Stewart Friesen.
Qualifying for the UNOH 175 is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. Saturday morning. The session will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.
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