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Truck Series practice report from Charlotte Motor Speedway

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CONCORD, North Carolina — Dalton Sargeant was fastest in the final practice for tonight’s Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

He led the session with a top speed of 178.950 mph.

He was followed by Ben Rhodes (178.560 mph), Justin Haley (178.218), Noah Gragson (178.153) and Myatt Snider (178.130).

Brett Moffitt, who was 16th fastest, recorded the most laps with 40.

Kyle Busch was ninth fastest but he had the best 10-lap average at 176.221 mph.

Click here for final practice report.

First practice

Matt Crafton was fastest, leading the session with a top speed of 181.129 mph.

He was followed by Johnny Sauter (180.995 mph), Noah Gragson (180.264), Todd Gilliland (179.964) and Myatt Snider (179.760).

Kyle Busch, who was sixth fastest, recorded the most laps in the session with 26.

The session had three cautions, including one for an incident with Austin Wayne Self.

Click here for the practice No. 1 speed chart.

Martin Truex Jr. to visit White House, President Trump on Monday

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The final stop of Martin Truex Jr.‘s championship tour will be Monday on the South Lawn of the White House.

Truex, the defending Cup Series champion, and other members of Furniture Row Racing will meet with President Donald Trump during a ceremony scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET, according to an advisory from NASCAR.

Truex’s visit is the first for a NASCAR champion during the Trump Administration. There was not a White House visit last year for Jimmie Johnson‘s seventh championship.

A Furniture Row Racing spokesman confirmed to NBC Sports that Truex’s crew chief, Cole Pearn, who has taken shots at the president on Twitter, also will attend the ceremony Monday.

Trump and NASCAR have intersected numerous times over the past three years, well before the 45th president of the United States took office.

On Feb. 18, President Trump tweeted an acknowledgment of the Daytona 500.

Last September, Trump tweeted his support of NASCAR drivers standing for the anthem.

NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France endorsed Trump in a Feb. 29, 2016 rally at Valdosta State University in Atlanta, Georgia, one day before the Super Tuesday primary.

Drivers Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Chase Elliott and NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott also attended the rally, with both Elliotts speaking briefly in support of Trump. Trump claimed in a tweet that he received the endorsement of NASCAR.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin endorsed Trump at another rally in Concord, North Carolina, a week later.

France later told the AP he was “very surprised” that after his “routine endorsement,” which he considered personal and not on behalf of NASCAR, “my diversity efforts for my whole career would have been called into question.”

In April 2016, France told the AP during the APSE Commissioners Meetings that he “probably shouldn’t have been” surprised by the reaction to the endorsement.

A month before the presidential election, Austin Wayne Self drove a paint scheme dedicated to Trump’s campaign in a Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway . In the Nov. 6 Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, Reed Sorenson drove a similar scheme two days before Trump was elected.

In July 2015, NASCAR announced it would no longer hold its Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series award ceremonies at the Trump National Doral near Miami, Florida.

The move was made hours after Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, threatened to boycott the event over “recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments from Donald Trump in regards to immigrants of the United States.”

 

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.

Click here for the practice report.

Ben Rhodes earns first career Truck win, advances to second round of playoffs

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Ben Rhodes blocked a last lap challenge by Christopher Bell to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rhodes made his win look easy, but it was far from it. With seven laps to go, Rhodes ran low around the first three trucks on a restart, got past and then held on to take the checkered flag.

In so doing, Rhodes — a native of Louisville, Kentucky — gets an automatic berth into the second round of the Truck Series playoffs.

Bell finished second, followed by Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Kaz Grala.

MOREResults from Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race in Las Vegas

MORE: Christopher Bell holds dominating lead in Truck playoffs

John Hunter Nemechek looked like he might win, but ran out of gas with 14 laps left while in the lead after Austin Wayne Self wrecked on Lap 133, then stalled twice on pit road and was never able to catch back up. Nemechek, who is at risk of elimination in the playoffs, finished eighth.

Stage winners: Stage 1 (Chase Briscoe), Stage 2 (Ben Rhodes)

Who else had a good race: Christopher Bell gave it everything he had, but passed on a chance to wreck Rhodes on the last lap. “That was some intense racing right there,” Bell said. “Really happy for Ben, he’s been long overdue for that win. He earned it tonight.”

Who had a bad race: Myatt Snider’s race didn’t even last a full lap, spinning and hitting the wall in Turn 3. … A big wreck occurred on Lap 23 when Austin Cindric got into the rear of Johnny Sauter, spinning him into the wall. Kaz Grala was also involved. All three were able to continue, but were never able to get back up in the field to challenge.

Notable: There have now been 11 different winners in the last 11 Truck races. … Noah Gragson was penalized twice for speeding on pit road. … Making his first NASCAR start since 2015, Travis Pastrana finished 22nd.

Quote of the day: “I used every play in my playbook. That was the most nervous thing I’ve ever done in my life. This is the biggest high of my life. I just never thought it would come after so many things went wrong, and now it did.” – Race winner Ben Rhodes

What’s next: The series is off next weekend but returns Saturday, Oct. 14, with the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. That will also mark the first cutdown race of the Truck playoffs.

Austin Cindric wins first career Truck Series race after last-lap spin of Kaz Grala

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Austin Cindric spun leader Kaz Grala on the last lap and went on to win the Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The first Truck Series win for Cindric came the day after he turned 19. Cindric started the final stage in 16th after being penalized for leaving his pit box with a gas can during Stage 2.

Cindric won from the pole position to give Brad Keselowksi Racing its first win of the season.

“I got to acknowledge what I did to Kaz in Turn 5, everyone’s seen this race many years past, and everybody knows it’s going to come down to contact (if) the second guy is close to the first,” Cindric told Fox Sports 1, going on to detail their own past together. “I raced with Kaz growing up, he drove my (Bandolero). It was the first car he ever drove. I know his family. I know they’re not going to be overly excited about it. But he already had a win (at Daytona), so I didn’t feel too bad about doing something to make it happen.”

Cindric was complimentary of how Grala drove the final nine laps of the race.

“He did an awesome job on the tires he was on,” Cindric said. “He put me into that box. He was doing a hell of a job on old tires trying to stay out in front of me. That’s kind of the last resort I had.

The win comes for Cindric in his 21st start and a few weeks after Brad Keselowski Racing announced it would not compete in the Truck Series after this year.

Grala, who drives for GMS Racing, called Cindric’s action a “dump and run.”

“He just got to us and ran us over,” Grala told FS1. “I don’t think he even braked for Turn 5. Honestly, I know he’s a great road course race and I had a lot of respect for that. I lost some right there. I wouldn’t race someone like that. Especially with as much as he had on the line. That was too dirty to me. I can’t get behind that at all.”

Cindric finished ahead of Noah Gragson, Grala, Justin Haley and Ryan Truex.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Austin Cindric

STAGE 2 WINNER: Ryan Truex

MORE: Race results

MORE: Points standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Truex led 10 laps and earned his fifth top five of the season … Parker Kligerman led two laps under caution and finished eighth for his fourth top 10 in six starts this season … Austin Wayne Self finished ninth for his second top 10 of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Christopher Bell lost an engine during the restart with 20 to go. He finished 26th. … Matt Crafton stalled on the track during the caution for Bell. He finished 25th … John Hunter Nemechek spun on his own in Turn 1 with five laps left and backed into the outside wall. He finished 20th.

NEXT: Chicagoland 225 at Chicagoland Speedway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 15 on Fox Sports 1.