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John Hunter Nemechek fastest in final Truck Series practice in Miami

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John Hunter Nemechek posted the fastest speed in the final Camping World Truck Series practice session of the season.

The NEMCO Motorsports driver recorded a speed of 165.239 mph around Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Nemechek was followed by Grant Enfinger (164.971), Kaz Grala (164.845), Noah Gragson (164.534) and championship driver Christopher Bell (164.414).

The three remaining championship drivers:

9th – Austin Cindric, 161.968 mph

13th – Matt Crafton, 160.839

14th – Johnny Sauter, 160.762

Myatt Snider, who was ninth fastest, recorded the most laps with 28.

Justin Haley had the best 10-lap average at 159.992 mph.

Cindric was the only playoff driver to make a 10-lap run. He had the fourth best 10-lap average at 159.441 mph.

Three drivers – Timothy Peters, Austin Wayne Self and Robby Lyons – experienced engine failures during the session.

The Truck Series will qualify for the Ford EcoBoost 200 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

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Results of Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 Truck race at Phoenix

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It was a long and wild race that included three red flag race stoppages that lasted over a combined 37 minutes.

It also saw one driver who was in a must-win situation if he wanted to advance to next week’s championship race come up one spot short of doing so.

And it also marked a first win ever in the Valley of the Sun for the victor.

Those were some of the highlights of Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway.

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Defending Truck Series champ Johnny Sauter won his second race in a week, and his first ever at Phoenix. John Hunter Nemechek, who came up short of advancing to Miami, was second, followed by Cody Coughlin, Chase Briscoe and Kaz Grala.

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Truck championship field set for Miami

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AVONDALE, Arizona – Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric earned spots in next weekend’s championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, joining Johnny Sauter, who enters after having won the past two races.

Bell, Crafton and Sauter, the reigning series champion, were in the championship race last year.

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Bell clinched a spot after the first stage. Crafton clinched a spot after the second stage. Cindric earned the final spot when John Hunter Nemechek, who was in a must-win situation, failed to take the lead from Sauter on the final restart and finished second.

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Teammates Christopher Bell, Noah Gragson qualify on Phoenix Truck front row

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Christopher Bell will start from the pole for tonight’s Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway.

Bell, who is the current points leader in the Truck Series, scored the fastest speed of the 32-truck field at 137.012 mph.

Bell’s Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Noah Gragson will also be on the front row for tonight’s race, qualifying with a speed of 135.619 mph.

Playoff contender Ben Rhodes qualified third (135.359), followed by fellow playoff contender Matt Crafton (135.318) and Todd Gilliland (135.014).

The remaining drivers still in contention to advance to next Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race are John Hunter Nemechek (6th, 134.821), Austin Cindric (7th, 134.645) and defending Truck Series champ Johnny Sauter (10th, 133.556).

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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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