Johnny Sauter tops second Camping World Truck practice at Daytona

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Johnny Sauter and his Toyota Tundra paced Thursday’s second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Daytona International Speedway.

Sauter was the only driver to exceed 190 mph, clocking a 190.617 mph effort at 47.215 seconds.

Sauter’s speed was more than 2 mph faster than Austin Hill’s top speed (188.509 mph) in the first practice session earlier in the day.

MORE: Austin Hill paces first Camping World Truck practice at Daytona

Fellow Toyota-powered driver Cameron Hayley was second fastest at 189.962 mph, followed by the Ford of Austin Theriault (189.645), and the Chevrolets of Ty Dillon (189.577) and Spencer Gallagher (189.561).

Defending series champion Matt Crafton was 13th fastest at 186.966 mph.

Here’s how the second practice speeds stacked up:

1.  Johnny Sauter … 190.617 mph … ran 11 laps
2.  Cameron Hayley … 189.962 … 15 laps
3. Austin Theriault … 189.645 … 18 laps
4. Ty Dillon … 189.577 … 19 laps
5. Spencer Gallagher … 189.561 … 12 laps
6. Cody Ware … 188.600 … 8 laps
7. Bryan Silas … 188.513 … 11 laps
8. Tyler Young … 188.225 … 14 laps
9. Joe Nemechek … 188.206 … 9 laps
10. Daniel Suarez … 188.159 … 11 laps
11. Ben Kennedy … 187.860 … 14 laps
12. Justin Marks … 187.711 … 6 laps
13. Matt Crafton … 186.986 … 16 laps
14. Daniel Hemric … 186.776 … 19 laps
15. James Buescher … 186.652 … 15 laps
16. Scott Lagasse Jr. … 185.828 … 17 laps
17. Erik Jones … 185.697 … 21 laps
18. David Gilliland … 185.624 … 11 laps
19. Ray Black Jr. … 185.521 … 10 laps
20. Justin Boston … 185.483 … 10 laps
21. Austin Hill … 184.9545 … 16 laps
22. Matt Tifft … 184.888 … 15 laps
23. Clay Greenfield … 183.778 … 9 laps
24. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 183.236 … 22 laps
25. Korbin Forrister … 183.199 … 12 laps
26. Todd Peck … 183.191 … 13 laps
27. Norm Benning … 182.823 … 16 laps
28. Justin Jennings … 182.726 … 11 laps
29. Mason Mingus … 182.556 … 16 laps
30. Ryan Ellis … 179.211 … 14 laps
31. Tyler Reddick … 178.105 … 4 laps
32. Chris Fontaine … 175.833 … 3 laps
33. Travis Kvapil … 175.094 … 10 laps
34. Jordan Anderson … 174.004 … 10 laps
35. Donnie Neuenberger … 172.371 … 4 laps

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

1. Austin Theriault … 187.267 mph
2. Spencer Gallagher … 187.257
3. Ty Dillon … 187.254
4. Cameron Hayley … 187.021
5. Bryan Silas … 184.345
6. Ben Kennedy … 183.744
7. Daniel Hamric … 183.641
8. James Buescher … 183.634
9. Scott Lagasse Jr. 183.551
10. Tyler Young … 183.230

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NBC Sports Power Rankings: Kyle Busch ends the season No. 1

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The 2019 season is over and Kyle Busch is the NASCAR Cup champion. And not surprisingly, the younger Busch brother also ends the season as No. 1 in this week’s Power Rankings.

Busch received 39 of 40 possible points to take the No. 1 spot, followed by the other three Championship 4 contenders: Martin Truex Jr. (35 points), and Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick (tied for third place with 28 points each).

The biggest surprises in this week’s standings were Xfinity Series champ Tyler Reddick in fifth and Gander Outdoors Truck Series champ Matt Crafton in sixth.

Here’s this week’s Power Rankings:

1. Kyle Busch (39 points): Finally gets that second title. Last week: Second.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (35 points): Inexcusable pit mistake left him as the championship runner-up for the second year in a row. Last week: Fourth.

(tie) 3. Denny Hamlin (28 points): Came so close to his first championship, only to be fall short yet again. Could this be the closest he’ll ever get? Last week: First.

(tie) 3. Kevin Harvick (28 points): Needed a bit more help than he got going against the Joe Gibbs Racing juggernaut. Still, a very strong season regardless. Last week: Third.

5. Tyler Reddick (18 points): It’s hard enough to win one championship, but back-to-back championships with two different teams? Should be a force to be reckoned with when he moves to Cup next season. Last week: Unranked.

6. Matt Crafton (14 points): Wins the championship without even winning a race (in fact, his last win was more than two years ago). Thrived on his underdog status and handled the championship race pressure perfectly. Last week: Unranked.

7. Ryan Blaney (12 points): Finished 11th or better, including a win at Talladega, in five of the last six playoff races. Last week: Fifth.

(tie) 8. Joey Logano (11 points): Ends year with four consecutive top 10s, but fell short when it counted: to make it to the championship round and try to defend last year’s title. Last week: Eighth.

(tie) 8. Erik Jones (11 points): Ends season with four top 10s in last five races. That bodes well for next season. Last week: Seventh.

10. Christopher Bell (6 points): Missed his chance to add an Xfinity title to his prior Truck championship. Still, with eight wins, had an outstanding season. Up next: a promotion to the Cup Series. Last week: 10th.

Others receiving votes: Kyle Larson (5 points), Clint Bowyer (5 points), Cole Custer (4 points), Austin Hill (2 points), Brad Keselowski (1 point), Brett Moffitt (1 point).

Zane Smith joins GMS Racing for full-time Truck Series ride

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Zane Smith will compete full-time for GMS Racing in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series next year, the team announced Tuesday.

Smith, 20, joins the team after competing part-time with JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series this year, where his best result in 10 races was fifth twice.

He will be GMS Racing’s fourth full-time entry next year, joining Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed and Tyler Ankrum. Sam Mayer will compete part-time.

Smith will have veteran Kevin “Bono” Manion as his crew chief.

“When I got the offer from Mike Beam asking me to run a truck full-time for GMS Racing, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” Smith said in a press release. “GMS is a championship-caliber team and to be a part of an organization like theirs is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with Manion again. He has a lot of experience and I know we will be a great team.”

Manion, who has 24 wins across all three national NASCAR series since 2003, joins GMS Racing after serving as a crew chief for DGR-Crosley in 2019, including working with Rookie of the Year Tyler Ankrum. Manion was crew chief for Smith in 2018 when he made his Truck Series debut at Gateway and finished fifth.

“I am really excited to join GMS Racing and Zane (Smith) for the 2020 season,” Manion said in a press release. “With GMS Racing’s championship caliber equipment and Chevrolet support, we have all the resources to win some races and be in the hunt for the 2020 Championship. I got the opportunity to crew chief Zane (Smith) in his first Gander Trucks start in 2018 at Gateway and we worked really well together. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish next season.”

Sponsorship and an assigned truck number for Smith will be announced at a later date.

Penalty report from Homestead-Miami Speedway

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NASCAR issued four fines and one suspension for lug nut violations during its championship weekend in Miami.

Cup Series

Mike Wheeler, crew crew chief on Matt DiBenedetto‘s No. 95 Toyota, was fined $10,000 for one unsecured lug nut.

Xfinity Series

Mike Shiplett, crew chief on Cole Custer‘s No. 00 Ford, was fined $5,000 for an unsecured lug nut.

Truck Series

Steve Lane, the owner of On Point Motorsports and crew chief on Danny Bohn‘s No. 30 Toyota, was fined $5,000 and suspended one points race for two unsecured lug nuts. The No. 30 truck competed part-time this season and made 16 starts. NBC Sports has asked the team if it will appeal the suspension.

Trip Bruce III, crew chief on Stewart Friesen‘s No. 52 Chevrolet, was fined $2,500 for one unsecured lug nut.


NASCAR issued an indefinite suspension to Jeffrey Schmidt for violating its substance abuse policy.

Truck Series gets minor name change for 2020

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Four days after the end of the Gander Outdoors Truck Series season, NASCAR announced the series will receive a minor name change for the 2020 season.

The series will be called the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series when the season starts in February at Daytona International Speedway.

This is the second name change for the series in two years.

This season saw the name change from the Camping World Truck Series, which had been the title from 2009-2018.

Gander Outdoors and Camping World are owned by the same company.

Next year will also see a different name for the Cup Series. With the series going to a new sponsorship model, it will simply be called the NASCAR Cup Series.