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Truck Series practice report from Michigan

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Christian Eckes was fastest in the second of two Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice sessions Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

Eckes claimed the top spot with a speed of 184.233 mph.

The top five was completed by Ross Chastain (184.204 mph), Ben Rhodes (184.096), Anthony Alfredo (183.899) and Stewart Friesen (183.889).

Harrison Burton was 12th fastest and Todd Gilliland was 16th.

Burton recorded the most laps in the session with 39.

Eckes had the best 10-lap average at 180.980 mph.

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First practice

Chastain was fastest, posting a top speed of 185.931 mph in the session and was the only driver to surpass 185 mph.

The top five was completed by defending race winner Brett Moffitt (184.649 mph), Rhodes (184.601), Tyler Dippel (184.200) and Jordan Anderson (183.899).

Gilliland was 10th on the speed chart and Burton was 12th. Both Kyle Bush Motorsports drivers will likely need to win this weekend to make the playoffs.

Rhodes, Eckes and Matt Crafton recorded the most laps in the session with 32.

Dippel had the best 10-lap average at 180.876 mph.

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NASCAR suspends three Truck team members for Eldora violation

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NASCAR suspended three members of Sheldon Creed‘s Gander Outdoors Truck Series team for a violation last week at Eldora Speedway.

NASCAR penalized the team Tuesday for loss or separation of added ballast from the vehicle.

NASCAR suspended crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, truck chief Austin Pollak and engineer Jonathan Stewart for the next three Truck events through Sept. 10.

GMS Racing stated it would not appeal the penalty. The team announced that Darren Fraley will serve as interim crew chief. Fraley was an engineer for GMS Racing in 2018 with Justin Haley. Fraley had served as Jordan Anderson‘s crew chief earlier this season.

NASCAR also announced Tuesday that crew chief Mark Hillman has been fined $10,000 because a lug nut was not safe and secured on Parker Kligerman‘s car after Sunday’s Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

Truck Series practice report from Pocono Raceway

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Todd Gilliland was fastest in the final Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice session at Pocono Raceway.

Gilliland posted a speed of 168.593 mph. He was also second fastest in the first session.

He was followed by Sheldon Creed (168.180 mpg), Austin Hill (167.870), Jordan Anderson (167.751) and Grant Enfinger (167.451).

Harrison Burton, who was 10th on the speed chart, recorded the most laps with 27.

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First practice

Burton was fastest in the first session with a top speed of 167.954 mph around the 2.5-mile track.

Burton was followed by his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Gilliland (167.184 mph).

The top five was completed by Brett Moffitt (167.041), Stewart Friesen (167.025) and Christian Eckes (166.917).

Eckes put all three KBM trucks in the top five.

Creed was sixth fastest and recorded the most laps with 23.

The final Truck Series practice session is scheduled for 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET.

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Truck Series practice report from Talladega

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The Camping World Truck Series hit the track for the first time in a month Friday for two practices sessions at Talladega Superspeedway.

Final Practice

Spencer Gallagher was fastest in final practice, posting a top speed of 180.928 mph while only making two laps around the 2.66-mile track.

The top five was completed by Grant Enfinger (180.553 mph), Todd Gilliland (180.366), Matt Crafton (179.480) and Jordan Anderson (179.168).

Only 26 drivers recorded a lap in the session.

Jamie Mosley, who was 25th fastest, recorded the most laps with 14.

There were no incidents in the session.

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First practice

Justin Haley was fastest in the first session, posting a top speed of 193.494 mph.

He was followed by Spencer Gallagher (193.486 mph), NBCSN analyst and defending race winner Parker Kligerman (192.355), John Hunter Nemechek (192.027) and Johnny Sauter (190.947).

Haley also recorded the most laps in the session with 25 and the best 10-lap average at 186.597 mph.

There were no incidents in the session.

Qualifying for Saturday’s race is set for 5:35 p.m. ET.

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Jordan Anderson says charges against him have been dismissed

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Jordan Anderson issued a statement on his website Tuesday saying that a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle filed against him has been dismissed and that the race vehicle in question has been delivered to a “location desired by the Rowan County Sheriffs Department.”

The Rowan County (N.C.) Sheriff’s office confirmed the development to NBC Sports.

The sheriff’s office  said last week that an outstanding warrant had been issued against the Camping World Truck Series driver.

Anderson, 27, was to have turned himself in on Sept. 20 but had not done so as of Sept. 27. Anderson said in his statement that he was notified of the warrant during the series’ race weekend in Las Vegas. The Truck race was Sept. 14.

“I continue to maintain my innocence in this matter, and the fact that I bought the race truck in good faith with a bill of sale, unbeknown of its history,” Jordan said.

The charge stems from an investigation that began Sept. 7 when the Rowan County Sheriff’s office looked into the larceny of a race truck from 804 Performance Road. The report states that a race truck located at Robert Newling’s shop was to have damage from last November’s Texas race repaired. The report states that Newling sold the truck, even though it did not belong to him, to Anderson. The truck was owned by Mike Harmon.

The report states that investigators were able to determine that Anderson had reason to believe the truck he purchased from Newling was stolen.

The report states that investigators attempted to get the truck back from Anderson but he refused to surrender it. The report states that Anderson was made aware of an outstanding warrant and obtained legal counsel.

Newling was charged and arrested for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. He has a court date Nov. 21.

Below is Anderson’s full statement.

In respect to the news that was published last week, I wanted to thank you all for your understanding in light of the situation, and continued support of my character.

We have been cooperating with the investigation through counsel since I was notified about there being a potential warrant for my arrest while we were racing in Las Vegas.

My attorney has stayed in constant contact with the Rowan County District Attourney handling the case to reach a resolution, which has resulted in charges being dropped and a voluntary dismissal being filed earlier this morning without the need of a formal arrest. The race truck in question was delivered earlier this week to a location desired by the Rowan County Sheriffs Department. I continue to maintain my innocence in this matter, and the fact that I bought the race truck in good faith with a bill of sale, unbeknown of its history.

This has been quite a humbling lesson in being a new team owner, and the importance of discerning who you do business with. I take great honor in representing to the best of my ability my fans, partners, and family; and am grateful for your grace, support, and prayers through this all.

Nine months ago when we put into action the idea and dream of starting up our own team to compete, the main principle was, and is, to have faith, respect, and integrity serve as the pillar to every action and decision that is made with ownership. My life verse has been, and will continue to be Proverbs 3: 5-6. I take great hope in knowing that God allows everything in life to happen for a reason, and will apply what God has taught me through this as motivation to keep my relationship with Him first in everything that we do.