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Rico Abreu, Cameron Hayley not returning to ThorSport Racing in 2017

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Rico Abreu and Cameron Hayley will not be back at ThorSport Racing in 2017, a team spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports.

Motorsport.com first reported the Abreu news. Catchfence.com first reported the news on Hayley.

Abreu’s time with the team ends after one season in the Camping World Truck Series. Hayley raced for the Sandusky, Ohio, based team the last two seasons.

In 23 starts in 2016, Abreu recorded two top fives and five top 10s. His best result was third at Eldora Speedway. The two-time defending Chili Bowl winner came close earning a victory at Texas Motor Speedway before late contact with the wall ended his bid.

Hayley, a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, debuted in the Truck Series in 2014. He earned 10 top fives and 26 tops 10s in his two years with ThorSport. His best finish was second, earned in last season’s visits to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity I had at ThorSport Racing,” Hayley told Catchfence.com. “Duke (Thorson), Rhonda, everyone at ThorSport treated me great and I’m appreciative of the opportunity I had to be in competitive equipment and show what I am capable of. Unfortunately, the sponsorship didn’t materialize as we had hoped for this season, so I won’t be back.

ThorSport said it will announce its 2017 driver lineup later next week.

Camping World Truck Series results at Chicagoland

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Kyle Busch earned his 46th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, and his fifth in six career starts at Chicagoland Speedway, capturing Friday night’s American Ethanol E15 225.

Daniel Hemric placed second. Cameron Hayley rallied to finish third, but it was a bittersweet showing, as he failed to make the inaugural Truck Series’ Chase.

MORE: Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Chicagoland; Hayley, Custer, Reddick miss Chase

MORE: William Byron ends regular season No. 1 in points, now comes the Chase

Here’s the results from Friday’s race:

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Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Chicagoland; Hayley, Custer, Reddick miss Chase

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Kyle Busch needed one extra lap in overtime to earn his second win in just four Camping World Truck Series starts this season, capturing Friday’s American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Busch’s 46th career win in the Truck Series — and his fifth Truck win in six career starts at the 1.5-mile track — added to his early-season triumph at Martinsville. Busch also finished second at Charlotte and 30th at Kentucky. Friday’s race is slated to be Busch’s final Truck race of the season.

“This has just been a really good place for us and (Kyle Busch Motorsports) over the years,” Busch told Fox Sports 1 about his success at Chicagoland Speedway. “It wasNASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 nice to come out and keep it going.

“It’s really important to see the 9 (William Byron) and 4 (Christopher Bell) make the Chase for KBM, so we have two opportunities to go after the championship.”

Daniel Hemric finished second, followed by Cameron Hayley, Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, pole-sitter Spencer Gallagher, Grant Enfinger, Timothy Peters, Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer.

Several drivers who needed a win to make the Truck Series’ inaugural Chase fell short when the seven-race playoff begins next Saturday at New Hampshire.

MORE: Results from American Ethanol E15 225

MORE: William Byron ends Trucks regular season No. 1, now comes the Chase

ADVANCING TO THE CHASE: The eight drivers who will take part in the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase are: William Byron, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Christopher Bell, Ben Kennedy, Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters.

MISSED THE CHASE: Among the drivers who failed to earn a win that would have put them in the playoffs: Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Tyler Reddick, Ben Rhodes and pole-sitter Spencer Gallagher.

“It just sucks,” Custer said. “We had to fight from the back all the time. It’s just not our night, I guess, but we have a fast truck so we’ll have to win some races (in the Chase).”

HOW BUSCH WON: In pretty much the same formula he’s used to win many of his 46 career Truck victories, Busch had the strongest truck of the night, led the most laps (95), stayed out of trouble, kept his challengers at bay and seemed to get stronger as the laps counted down.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Hemric, who came close to earning his first win of the season, and Peters were the only drivers to qualify for the Chase without winning a race. “This is huge,” Hemric said. “We thought if we could get ourselves in, we could make a serious run for the championship. Now it’s time to go to work.” … Even though he fell short of the Chase, Hayley finished third in a KBM truck.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Points leader William Byron had a rough start, wrecking just three laps into the event. He returned late in the race to finish 30th. … On Lap 112, Ben Kennedy made contact with teammate Johnny Sauter, triggering a crash that also collected Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes. The race was red flagged for 14 minutes because a section of SAFER Barrier was repaired. “I just got loose and I didn’t mean to do it,” Sauter said over the team radio. “I’m sorry.” … Tyler Reddick saw his Chase chances end when he wrecked with John Wes Townley on Lap 144.

NOTABLE: It may not have been a win, but it likely felt like it for Matt Tifft, who made his first race start since undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor on July 1. Tifft finished 12th. … Rico Abreu raced into the top five in the second half of the race and appeared headed for a strong finish until he wrecked on the last lap and finished 19th. … Kennedy’s right hand was wrapped after his accident. He said he would have it examined further on Saturday.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “That’s why he’s (Kyle Busch) a Cup driver and I’m a Truck driver. I have a lot to learn from that guy. … We tried, we’re not in the Chase, but we can’t say we didn’t try.” – Third-place finisher Cameron Hayley.

WHAT’S NEXT: The inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase begins Saturday, Sept. 24, in the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Daniel Hemric fastest in opening Truck Series practice

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Daniel Hemric was fastest in the first of two practice sessions on Saturday for the Camping World Truck Series at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with a lap of 110.931 mph.

Hemric was followed by Kaz Grala (110.863 mph), Cole Custer (110.207 mph), Austin Cindric (109.823 mph), and John Hunter Nemechek (109.561 mph). Cindric is driving a third Brad Keselowski Racing truck this weekend with the No. 2 team.

The rest of the top 10 were Tyler Reddick (109.505 mph), Timothy Peters (109.412 mph), Spencer Gallagher (109.371 mph), Johnny Sauter (109.147 mph), and Cameron Hayley (109.133 mph).

The series has a final practice session scheduled for 11:35 a.m. ET.

Here are the speeds from first practice:

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Byron still in command in Truck driver standings after Michigan

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William Byron fell short of his record sixth win of the season in Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, but he still remained in control of the driver point standings after the Careers For Veterans 200.

Byron holds a 36-point lead over Daniel Hemric. Saturday’s runner-up, Timothy Peters, is third in the standings, 44 points behind Byron and eight points behind Hemric.

Johnny Sauter is fourth (-49 behind Byron) and Matt Crafton is fifth in the standings (-57).

The biggest gainer in the top 10 was Cameron Hayley, who climbed two spots from 11th to ninth. The biggest loser in the top 10 was Christopher Bell, who dropped two spots from fifth to seventh.

Here’s the updated point standings after Saturday’s race at MIS:

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