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Todd Gilliland paces final Truck practice at Phoenix

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AVONDALE, Arizona – Todd Gilliland led the way in the final Camping World Truck Series practice Friday with a lap of 135.461 mph

Gilliland, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, was followed by playoff contender Christopher Bell (135.034 mph), playoff contender Matt Crafton (134.489), Noah Gragson (134.399) and playoff contender John Hunter Nemechek (134.138).

Among the other playoff contenders: Austin Cindric was sixth at 133.824 mph, Johnny Sauter was seventh at 133.328 mph and Ben Rhodes was ninth at 132.920 mph.

Gilliland also posted the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 132.630 mph.

Qualifying is at 5:30 p.m. ET and the race at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Johnny Sauter clinches spot in championship race, Christopher Bell close on points

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With his win in Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, Johnny Sauter clinched his berth in the Camping World Truck Series championship race in two weeks at Miami.

Christopher Bell needs to finish 31st or higher next weekend at Phoenix race to clinch a berth in the championship round at Miami on points.

Bell has 3,135 points, Sauter has 3,131 and Matt Crafton is third in the standings at 3,104.

MORE: Johnny Sauter wins at Texas, locked into truck championship race in Miami

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Austin Cindric is fourth (3,085), while Ben Rhodes is close behind in fifth (3,080). John Hunter Nemechek had a rough night and finds himself last in the standings with 3,046 points.

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Justin Haley takes pole for tonight’s Truck race at Texas Motor Speedway

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18-year-old Indiana native Justin Haley earned his first career Truck Series pole and became the youngest Truck Series pole winner at Texas Motor Speedway in qualifying for tonight’s JAG Metals 350.

In addition, Haley recorded the fifth-fastest pole speed in Truck Series history, covering the 1.5-mile oval at 186.181 mph.

Haley was followed by Noah Gragson (186.053), Christopher Bell (185.982), Johnny Sauter (185.861), Ryan Truex (184.894) and Austin Cindric (184.887).

Seventh through 12th were Kaz Grala (184.571), Matt Crafton (184.351), Ben Rhodes (183.861), Chase Briscoe (183.849), John Hunter Nemechek (182.051) and Myatt Snider (177.101).

Click here for the full qualifying results.

Stewart Friesen fastest in final Truck practice at Martinsville

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With practice extended 12 minutes due to a mid-session red flag, Stewart Friesen roared to the top of the Camping World Truck Series speed chart late in Friday’s second and final practice session.

Friesen covered the .526-mile paper clip-shaped oval at 94.713 mph.

Harrison Burton was second at 94.055 mph, followed by defending Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter (94.050), Ben Rhodes (94.036) and Kaz Grala (93.924).

Sixth through 10th were Noah Gragson (93.687), Matt Crafton (93.659), Chase Briscoe (93.631), John Hunter Nemechek (93.608) and Justin Haley (93.451).

There was only one significant incident in the session:

Rookie Dawson Cram stopped on the frontstretch with about 31 minutes left after suffering what appeared to be an engine issue. The 16-year-old Cram is hoping to make his Truck Series debut in Saturday’s race.

Safety crews put Cram’s truck in a flat-bed to prevent further spreading of oil from his engine on the racetrack. As a result, the track was placed under red-flag conditions for approximately 12 minutes to clean up oil from Cram’s vehicle.

As a result, the end of practice was extended from 3:55 p.m. ET to 4:07 p.m. ET.

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Matt Crafton leads first Truck Series practice at Martinsville

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Matt Crafton was fastest in the first practice session for the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway.

The  No. 88 Chevrolet posted the top speed of 94.073 mph around the half-mile track.

Crafton was followed by Christopher Bell (93.775), Todd Gilliland (93.752), Johnny Sauter (93.687) and Ben Rhodes (93.576).

Jeffrey Abbey, who was 24th fastest, recorded the most laps with 52.

Chase Briscoe had the best 10-lap average at 92.770 mph. Harrison Burton had the second-best average at 91.880 mph.

The final Truck Series practice is set to run from 3-3:55 p.m. ET this afternoon on Fox Sports 1.

Click here for the practice report.