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Chase Briscoe, Stewart Friesen Lead Eldora Dirt Derby Practices

Chase Briscoe and Stewart Friesen led Wednesday night’s practices for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series’ Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway in the only NASCAR national series event on dirt.

Briscoe, driving the No. 27 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing in a one-off effort, shot to the top of the leaderboard in the first session with a lap of 93.473 mph for the defending race winner.

In second was ThorSport’s Matt Crafton at 92.874 mph in the No. 88, while reigning NGOTS champ Brett Moffitt put his No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing in third with a top speed of 92.450 mph.

Closing out the top five were series regulars and alliance teammates Stewart Friesen at 92.398 mph and Sheldon Creed at 92.237 mph.

Rounding out the top 10 were ThorSport’s Johnny Sauter, Young’s Motorsports’ Tyler Dippel, Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Todd Gilliland, ThorSport’s Ben Rhodes and Kyle Strickler, who is piloting the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for DGR-Crosley.

Mark Smith, driving the No. 38 for Niece Motorsports, brought out a caution twice, and Briscoe, KBM’s Harrison Burton and Young’s Motorsports’ Gus Dean all brought out the yellow flag in separate incidents.

ThorSport’s Grant Enfinger, the current points leader, turned the most laps in this session at 87, while Darwin Peters Jr took the fewest laps with just one. Peters’ No. 74 Chevy was the slowest vehicle on track at 46.012 mph.

30 of 32 trucks entered participated in this session.

Full First Practice Results

Friesen took the top spot of the leaderboard in the second session with a lap of 90.516 mph.

Briscoe was right behind in second at 90.303 mph, while Moffitt was third at 90.090 mph.

Rounding out the top five were Gilliland (90.027 mph) and Crafton (89.901 mph).

The rest of the top 10 were Enfinger, Sauter, Rhodes, Strickler and Creed.

Creed and Sauter both spun, bringing out yellows.

Tyler Ankrum drove the most laps this session with 87 in DGR-Crosley’s No. 17 Toyota, while Tim Ward turned the fewest laps at 6 in the No. 08.

30 trucks participated in this session, though Jennifer Jo Cobb didn’t complete a lap.

Full Second Practice Results

The qualifying races for the 2019 Eldora Dirt Derby will begin around 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 1, on FS1, with the main feature beginning around 9 p.m. ET.

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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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