SPARTA, Kentucky – Ben Rhodes scored his first Camping World Truck Series win of the season to earn a spot in the playoffs Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. That the victory came at the Louisville native’s home track made it even sweeter.
Stewart Friesen finished second and was followed by Matt Crafton, Brandon Jones and John Hunter Nemechek.
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Johnny Sauter remains the points leader despite finishing 15th. He has a 42-point lead on Noah Gragson, who placed eighth. Brett Moffitt is 91 points behind Sauter heading to Wednesday’s race at Eldora Speedway.
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SPARTA, Kentucky – Ty Majeski posted the fastest lap in Thursday’s final practice for the Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway.
Majeski ran a lap of 181.714 mph to pace the field. He was followed by Christopher Bell (181.616 mph), Daniel Hemric (180.162), Kyle Busch (179.970) and Matt Tifft (179.856).
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Ross Chastain had minimal damage after slight contact with the wall. There were no other incidents in the session.
The series races at 8 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN.
With a speed of 180.886 mph John Hunter Nemechek posted the fastest single lap in Thursday’s practice for the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway (Friday, 8 pm, NBCSN).
He beat Brandon Jones (180.493 mph) by .065 seconds.
Daniel Hemric (179.910), Matt Tifft (179.211) and Cup regular Kyle Busch (178.577) rounded out the top five.
Ryan Reed brought out the only caution of the session when he spun harmlessly in turn four with less than 10 minutes remaining. Reed was just outside the top five with the sixth fastest speed of 178.524 mph.
Tyler Reddick ran the most laps in the first practice at 36. His top speed of 177.725 mph was 14th best.
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Ben Rhodes bounded to the top of the speed chart in the final minutes of the final practice session with a lap of 182.834 mph.
He beat Grant Enfinger (181.873 mph) by .151 seconds – nearly a full mile per hour.
Chris Eggleston (181.622), Matt Crafton (181.232) and Brandon Jones (181.190) rounded out the top five.
Noah Gragson appeared to blow an engine during final practice, causing an extended delay for cleanup. NASCAR extended the session to noon (five minutes) as a result. He was fourth on the speed chart at the time with a speed of 180.977 mph. His speed eventually landed seventh on the chart.
Justin Haley – who was fastest in the first session – was unable to back up his speed and posted the 15th fastest lap (180.000) in final practice.
Johnny Sauter had the quickest 10 lap average of 179.411 mph.
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Haley posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 182.076 mph.
He beat Stewart Friesen (181.788) by .047 seconds.
Myatt Snider (181.616), Brandon Jones (181.336) and Dalton Sargeant (180.947) rounded out the top five.
Gragson had the quickest 10 lap average of 180.112 mph
Justin Fontaine (176.840) posted the most laps with 33.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Cindric was uninjured after his car rolled over twice in a 16-car accident that brought out the red flag with 18 laps left in Friday night’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.
Cindric was running in the top 10 in the bottom line when he was hit by Matt Tifft, turning him and triggering a crash that collected several cars.
“I was trying to go under and he came back down again,” Tifft said on the radio about the contact.
Cindric was sliding sideways in Turn 1 when he came up the track and hit Tyler Reddick‘s before rolling over twice.
Cindric radioed his team and said: “I’m OK” before exiting the car.
Cindric was cleared and released from the infield care center.
“I’ve got no injuries,” Cindric told NBCSN. “I feel fine.I just wish we could have better races.”
The red flag was displayed for 12 minutes, 18 seconds.
Among those also involved in the crash were Ryan Truex, Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements, Brandon Jones and Joey Gase, along with Cindric, Tifft and Reddick.
A second large wreck broke out on the front stretch with four laps to go that involved Ryan Reed, Jeff Green, Ryan Sieg and Cole Custer.
NASCAR announced $10,000 fines Tuesday to crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (Brad Keselowski) and Mike Wheeler (Denny Hamlin) for their cars each having one lug nut unsecured at the end of last weekend’s Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.
In the Xfinity Series, crew chief Chris Gabehart (Brandon Jones) was fined $5,000 for having one lug nut unsecured after that race.