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Stewart Friesen Leads Lone Gateway Practice

After Mother Nature forced NASCAR to cancel a practice session and qualifying earlier on Saturday (June 22), the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series drivers received their only track time leading into the CarShield 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

In the lone practice session, Stewart Friesen led the field with a time of 32.911 seconds (136.732 miles per hour). Friesen will search for his first career Truck win tonight.

Second and third fastest were Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Todd Gilliland and Christian Eckes. Gilliland wheeled his No. 4 Toyota to a time of 33.046 seconds (136.174 mph). Eckes is competing in his second Truck Series start this season and posted the third fastest time of 33.069 seconds (136.079 mph) in his No. 51 Toyota.

After Johnny Sauter was suspended following an incident with Austin Hill in last week’s race at Iowa Speedway, Myatt Snider was announced as his replacementMyatt Snider completed the fourth fastest time in this practice session, 0.217 seconds behind Friesen.

Rounding out the top-five fastest was Brett Moffitt. Moffitt is seeking back-to-back victories. Last week, after Ross Chastain‘s No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet failed post-race inspection, NASCAR declared Moffitt the winner of the M&M’s 200. In the Gateway practice, Moffitt wheeled his No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet around the 1.25-mile track in 33.157 seconds (135.718 mph).

Chastain has a fast No. 44 Chevrolet, posting the eighth fastest time in this practice session. All 32 drivers completed laps in this lone practice session.

Because qualifying for the CarShield 200 was cancelled, the field was set by the rule book. Eckes will lead the field to the green flag. The CarShield 200 will consist of 160 laps. The first stage will end at lap 35, and the second stage will end at lap 70.

CarShield 200 Practice Results

The CarShield 200 will start at 10 p.m./ET. on Saturday night, and TV coverage will be provided by FOX Sports 1.

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Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.

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