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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.

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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.

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Johnny Sauter scores Dover Truck victory in overtime

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Johnny Sauter had to fend off multiple challengers late to win Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway for the second year in a row.

The victory also is Sauter’s second of the season and 19th of his career.

Sauter, who led 137 of the 210 laps, held off Matt Crafton on an overtime restart to win. That came after a spirited duel with Noah Gragson.

Crafton finished second and was followed by Justin Haley, David Gilliland and Harrison Burton.

Gragson crashed two laps from the scheduled distance after bumping Sauter as they battled side by side for the lead entering Turn 3. The contact turned Gragson and he backed into the SAFER barrier. Gragson was seeking his second career series win.

“Extremely disappointed in myself,” Gragson told FS1 before going to Victory Lane to congratulate Sauter. “It was just a racing deal. Not the way I try to race people. I take full responsibility in that. It was 100 percent my fault. Just unacceptable on my part. All I could think about was the mistake I made. I’m just devastated.”

Stage 1 winner: Noah Gragson

Stage 2 winner: Johnny Sauter

How Johnny Sauter won: He had the strongest truck, survived a duel with Noah Gragson and then outran Matt Crafton on the overtime restart to win. 

Who had a good race: Matt Crafton was steady throughout the race and put himself in position to finish second. … Justin Haley finished third to earn his best result since his runner-up effort at Daytona. … David Gilliland placed fourth in his second start of the season.

Who had a bad race: Jesse Little, who had one of the strongest trucks, was penalized a lap for pitting outside the box with 42 laps to go, ending his hopes for a win. … Todd Gilliland overcame an early speeding penalty and was running in the top five when a battery issue left him stalled on the track with 18 laps to go. … Parker Kligerman had a vibration early because of a loose wheel, used pit strategy at the beginning of the second stage to take the lead but saw his race end early with an oil leak.

Notable: David Gilliland will have bragging rights on his son Todd. In their first race together in NASCAR, David Gilliland finished fourth and Todd placed 10th.

Quote: “I’m just devastated,’’ Noah Gragson told FS1 after wrecking while battling Johnny Sauter for the win.

Next: The series races at 8:30 p.m. ET, May 11 at Kansas Speedway

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Camping World Truck Series practice report from Martinsville

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Final Practice

Grant Enfinger posted the fastest lap in the third and final practice for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Truck series at Martinsville with a speed of 95.055 mph. Enfinger was the third different driver to top practice on Friday.

Matt Crafton (95.041), who posted the fastest lap in practice two, landed second on the speed chart.

After changing an engine following the first practice session, Todd Gilliland posted the 12th-fastest time of 93.733 mph. Gilliland will have to drop to the back of the pack to start the race.

Kyle Benjamin (94.875), Johnny Sauter (94.373) and Myatt Snider (94.373) rounded out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek (93.459) had the quickest 10-lap average in final practice.

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Practice 2

After posting a top-five time in the first session, Crafton was fastest in the second of three Camping World Truck Series practices Friday at Martinsville Speedway.

Crafton posted a speed of 94.571 mph and narrowly beat out Brett Moffitt‘s 94.557 mph by .003 seconds.

Cody Coughlin (94.529), Ben Rhodes (94.477) and Justin Haley (94.322) rounded out the top five.

Sauter posted the best 10-lap average of 93.733 early in his run to beat out Noah Gragson (92.825).

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Practice 1

Justin Haley was fastest in the first of three Camping World Truck Series practice sessions Friday at Martinsville Speedway.

The GMS Racing driver topped Noah Gragson in the final moments of the session with a speed of 94.125 mph.

Gragson, the defending winner at Martinsville, posted a speed of 93.891 mph.

The top five was completed by Crafton (93.738), Nemechek (93.724) and Sauter (93.622).

Justin Fontaine recorded the most laps in the session with 70.

Gilliland had the best 10-lap average at 92.804 mph. Following this practice, the team was forced to change their engine.

Click here for practice report No. 1.

Kyle Busch wins Truck Series race at Las Vegas

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Kyle Busch fended off charges from Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt in an 11-lap sprint to win Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch’s win is his 50th in the Truck Series but the first at his home track. It came in his second Truck Series start at LVMS, his first there since 2001.

“It was really, really fast. I just felt like we were struggling in the long run,” Busch told FS1. “I was hoping somebody would get behind me, so we could just get away and duke it out, but that was kind of too short a run there in order to do that.”

Moffitt, who won last week at Atlanta, was leading with 26 to go when he made contact with Michel Disdier‘s lapped truck that occupied much in the track’s low lane, allowing Busch to take the lead. After pit stops, Busch kept the lead.

Disdier then spun to bring out the caution with 16 to go.

Busch is competing in all three NASCAR races this weekend at LVMS.

The top five was Busch, Sauter, Moffitt, Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Noah Gragson led a 1-2-3 finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen scored the second stage win of his career.

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Stewart Friesen finished fifth after leading 31 laps in Stage 2, a career-best outside of Eldora Speedway (where he led 93 laps in 2017). … Brett Moffitt’s third-place finish is the first time Hattori Racing Enterprises had placed in the top three in consecutive races. …  In his first Truck race since 2016, Justin Marks finished 11th after spinning on Lap 15.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: John Hunter Nemechek finished 21st after losing his right-front tire on a Lap 21 restart sequence. … After pitting following the first stage break, Matt Crafton wen to the garage for a brake problem. He finished 29th. … Justin Haley wrecked with 63 laps to go after getting loose between two trucks and then making contact with Myatt Snider. He finished 28th.

NOTABLE: Johnny Sauter has finished in the top three in the last eight races. … Kyle Busch is one win away from tying Ron Hornaday Jr. for most career wins in the Truck Series.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “These lapped trucks are out here trying to make a living too. I get it, but holy moly.” – Kyle Busch on how lapped traffic affected the race’s outcome.

WHAT’S NEXT: Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 24 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1.

Brett Moffitt takes advantage of Kyle Busch’s woes to win Atlanta Truck race

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Brett Moffitt went from third to first on the restart in overtime and powered his way to his second career Camping World Truck Series win Saturday.

Moffitt’s victory marked the first for Hattori Racing Enterprises, which made its debut in 2013. Noah Gragson placed second and Daytona winner Johnny Sauter was third at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

MORE: Race results, points report

A late caution for an incident involving Josh Reaume and Dalton Sargeant set in stage a series of events that cost Kyle Busch a chance to become the second driver in series history with 50 wins.

Busch led a parade down pit road for fresh tires. Busch’s team planned to take four tires but problems on the right front led to the team telling Busch to pull out of his pit stall after the right front was secured. Only problem was that the lug nuts on the left rear were removed. Busch didn’t get too far beyond pit exit before his left rear tire rolled off. Busch finished 21st.

Stage 1 winner: Noah Gragson

Stage 2 winner: Kyle Busch

How Brett Moffitt won: He restarted third in overtime behind Myatt Snider, who had taken only two tires. Moffitt had four. Snider had no chance. Moffitt got around Snider cleanly and surged to the lead.

Who else had a good day: Daytona winner Johnny Sauter finished third to give him back-to-back top-five finishes to open the season. Sauter has finished no worse than third in each of the last six Truck races, dating back to last year. … Noah Gragson bounced back from a 23rd-place finish at Daytona to place second at Atlanta.

Who had a bad day: Justin Haley had a flat right rear tire nine laps before the end of the first stage. He lost two laps on the green-flag stop. Haley never made it back on the lead lap and finished 22nd. … The audible by Kyle Busch’s team on a slow pit stop before overtime proved disastrous. Busch took off as told after both ride-side tires were changed but the lug nuts on the left rear were removed. The left rear came off shortly after Busch exited pit road.

Notable: Jesse Little finished a career-high eighth. His previous best in 13 previous series starts was ninth.

Quote of the day: “This is unbelievable to be in a race car at this point, let alone in Victory Lane,’’ said winner Brett Moffitt, whose deal with the team came shortly before the season started.

Next: Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway