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Johnny Sauter, Todd Gilliland Lead Chicagoland Trucks Practices

Johnny Sauter and Todd Gilliland led Thursday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices at Chicagoland Speedway, preparing for Friday night’s Overton’s 225.

First practice:

Sauter’s GMS Racing Chevrolet led the field with a lap of 174.160 mph, and he was followed by teammate Dalton Sargeant with a lap f 174.031 mph.

In third was Ben Rhodes’ ThorSport Racing Ford at 173.449 mph, while the top Toyota was Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Noah Gragson at 173.344 mph. Rounding out the top five was Matt Crafton, clocking in at 172.933 mph.

Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, Stewart Friesen and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top 10.

Bo LeMastus turned the most laps at 33, while Austin Wayne Self and Jennifer Jo Cobb each drove the fewest at three each.

26 of the 33 trucks entered posted a time; Cobb was slowest in the No. 10 Chevy at 148.535 mph. Veteran driver Joe Nemechek did not record an official time.

Final practice:

Gilliand led the second practice with a speed of 174.972 mph, and he was followed by Rhodes at 174.222 mph.

In third was Gateway winner Justin Haley at 173.857 mph, while Austin Hill at (173.700 mph) and Moffitt (173.422 mph) rounded out the top five.

The rest of the top ten were Myatt Snider, Enfinger, Friesen, Sargeant and Gragson.

30 trucks took part in this practice, Norm Benning‘s No. 6 was slowest at 157.512 mph. Sauter completed the most laps in this session with 33, followed by John Hunter Nemechek and Brandon Jones with 31 each. Joe Nemechek and Bayley Currey each completed the fewest laps at two apiece.

The green flag for the Overton’s 225 will fly shortly after at 9 p.m. ET Friday (June 29), and will be broadcasted on FS1.

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Wesley has been with Fronstretch since October 2017. He loves well-told stories in whatever format he finds them. Aside from NASCAR, he enjoys reading, country music and OKC Thunder basketball. He has a BA in Liberal Arts/English and currently lives in eastern Oklahoma, where he works as a freelance writer/editor.

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