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Track initials ‘D.I.S.’ translate once again to W-I-N for Tyler Reddick in Trucks race at Dover (plus results, standings)

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There’s something about tracks with the initials “DIS” that seem to bring out the best in Camping World Truck Series driver Tyler Reddick.

The 19-year-old from Corning, Calif., won his first career Truck race to start this season at Daytona International Speedway.

He earned win No. 2 Friday afternoon in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Reddick took the lead from Erik Jones, who had led the previous 50 laps, on Lap 193 and held on for the remaining seven laps to earn the win.

“We just bid our time and were very patient,” Reddick said. “We played it smart, kept her in one piece and went to Victory Lane.”

Daniel Suarez finished second, while Jones finished third, making it a 2-3 finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“My Toyota was pretty strong,” Suarez said. “Something very important here was traffic, track position. It was difficult to pass.”

Added Jones, “We got so free and I just couldn’t hang on to it. I did all I could. We had a good Toyota Tundra and it was still a good points day.”

Daniel Hemric finished fourth, followed by defending series champion Matt Crafton in fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Ben Kennedy, Ryan Blaney, Brandon Jones, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young.

How Reddick won: Reddick paced himself and saved as much fuel as he could as he followed in the track prints of Erik Jones from Lap 143 to Lap 192. Jones’ truck started to get loose and Riddick pounced at the chance, passing underneath and motoring on to victory.

Who else had a good day: Daniel Suarez once again came so close to winning for the first time ever. Although he didn’t lead a lap, Suarez stuck around the top 10 much of the race and then came on strong in the closing laps to overtake Jones for second. … Kannapolis, N.C., native Daniel Hemric recorded a career-best fourth-place finish. … Even though he fell back, pole-sitter Ryan Blaney had a strong day, leading 33 laps before finishing seventh.

Who had a bad day: He was hoping for a good day in his NCWTS debut, but Jesse Little made a costly mistake 32 laps into the race, losing his truck and collecting three other trucks with him (Mason Mingus, Justin Jennings and John Wes Townley). “This is exactly what I was trying not to do, it’s something that kind of sets us back, but I learned, that’s what it’s all about and we’ll get ‘em next time,” said Little, son of former NASCAR racer Chad Little, who is now NASCAR Managing Director, Technical Inspection/Officiating.

Notable: Jennifer Jo Cobb could be in trouble with NASCAR for her actions following a wreck on Lap 13. After wrecking, she got out of her truck and walked up on the racetrack, gesturing at Riddick, who she apparently believed tapped her. Cobb was called to the NASCAR hauler.

MORE: Jennifer Jo Cobb wrecks in Truck race at Dover, is called to NASCAR hauler for her actions

Quote of the day: “I just forced an issue that I shouldn’t have. I was driving up under the 15 and I knew the truck was real sensitive aero, but I didn’t know it was that much. I just got loose and it brought me around. There’s not much you can do after that.” – Jesse Little, who admitted the wreck on Lap 32 of his NCWTS debut was solely his fault.

What’s next: Winstar World Casino 400, June 5, Texas Motor Speedway; Fort Worth, Texas.

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Erik Jones fastest in final Truck Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Erik Jones was fastest in the final practice session for the Camping World Truck Series’ North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jones and his No. 4 Toyota finished the two-hour session with a speed of 180.693 mph (29.885 seconds).

He was followed by Scott Lagasse Jr. (180.668), Matt Tifft (180.608), Kasey Kahne (180.493) and Tyler Reddick (180.228).

Qualifying for Friday night’s race begins at 5:45 p.m. ET and the race starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Speeds for the final CWTS practice at Charlotte:

1. Erik Jones … 180.693 mph … 57 laps

2. Scott Lagasse Jr. … 180.668 … 36 laps

3. Matt Tifft … 180.608 … 47 laps

4. Kasey Kahne … 180.493 … 51 laps

5. Tyler Reddick … 180.228 … 45 laps

6. Matt Crafton … 180.216 … 60 laps

7. David Gilliland … 180.126 … 13 laps

8. Spencer Gallagher … 179.700 … 56 laps

9. Cameron Hayley … 179.611 …43 laps

10. Brad Keselowski … 179.462 … 73 laps

11. Joe Nemechek … 179.444 … 43 laps

12. Ray Black Jr. … 179.247 … 32 laps

13. Daniel Hemric … 178.843 … 45 laps

14. Mason Mingus … 178.749 … 24 laps

15. Justin Boston … 178.713 … 52 laps

16. Ben Kennedy … 178.389 … 55 laps

17. Timothy Peters … 178.000 … 37 laps

18. Johnny Sauter … 177.789 … 33 laps

19. Brandon Jones … 177.678 … 50 laps

20. John Wes Townley … 177.585 … 43 laps

21. Tyler Young … 177.474 … 38 laps

22. Caleb Holman … 176.655 … 31 laps

23. Tyler Tanner … 175.959 … 27 laps

24. Brandon Brown … 174.357 … 23 laps

25. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 174.182 … 27 laps

26. BJ McLeod … 174.149 … 2 laps

27. Korbin Forrister … 174.042 … 27 laps

28. Justin Jennings … 174.025 … 16 laps

29. Todd Peck … 173.544 … 29 laps

30. Kyle Fowler … 171.554 … 5 laps

31. Jordan Anderson … 171.401 … 16 laps

32. Travis Kvapil … 171.189 …16 laps

33. Ryan Ellis … 171.108 … 20 laps

34. Norm Benning … 152.698 … 2 laps

 

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

1. Erik Jones … 179.405

2. Matt Crafton … 178.388

3. Matt Tifft … 178.387

4. Spencer Gallagher … 177.917

5. Justin Boston … 177.779

6. Brad Keselowski … 177.653

7. Tyler Reddick … 177.574

8. Ben Kennedy … 177.546

9. Joe Nemechek … 177.121

10. Daniel Hemric … 176.841

11. Cameron Hayley … 176.479

12. Timothy Peters … 176.006

13. Brandon Brown … 172.970

14. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 170.375

Kasey Kahne tops charts in first Truck Series practice in Charlotte

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Kasey Kahne, in his first Camping World Truck Series action in three years, claimed the top spot of the first practice session for Sunday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kahne put up a time of 29.957 seconds at 180.258 mph in his JR Motorsports N0. 00 Chevrolet. He was the only driver to record a lap time of less than 30 seconds.

He was followed by Joe Nemechek (179.856), Daniel Hemric (179.851), Spencer Gallagher (179.485) and Justin Boston (179.313).

The first of two sessions was 2 hours and 55 minutes, almost an hour longer than the 1 hour and 59 minutes it took to run the race itself last year.

Times for the first CWTS practice:

1. Kasey Kahne … 180.258 … 21 laps

2. Joe Nemechek … 179.856 … 17 laps.

3. Daniel Hemric … 179.581 … 33 laps

4. Spencer Gallagher … 179.485 …21 laps

5. Justin Boston … 179.313 … 32 laps

6. Erik Jones … 179.152 … 36 laps

7. Scott Lagasse Jr. … 179.099 … 30 laps

8. Brandon Jones … 178.672 … 34 laps

9. Tyler Reddick … 178.571 … 24 laps

10. Brad Keselowski … 178.501 … 24 laps.

11. Matt Tifft … 178.265 … 39 laps

12. Cameron Hayley … 177.895 … 26 laps

13. Matt Crafton … 177.626 … 16 laps

14. David Gilliland … 177.328 … 10 laps

15. John Wes Townley … 177.270 … 35 laps

16. Johnny Sauter … 177.165 … 24 laps

17. Mason Mingus … 177.038 … 40 laps

18. Timothy Peters … 176.962 … 32 laps

19. Caleb Holman … 176.148 … 22 laps

20. Ben Kennedy … 175.001 … 35 laps

21. Brandon Brown … 173.449 … 29 laps

22. Tyler Young … 173.232 … 23 laps

24. Wendell Chavous … 172.046 … 12 laps

25. Tyler Tanner … 171.614 … 15 laps

26. BJ McLeod … 171.461 … 3 laps

27. Ray Black Jr. … 171.396 … 6 laps

28. Korbin Forrister … 170.390 … 21 laps

29. Todd Peck … 170.347 … 18 laps

30. Kyle Fowler … 169.131 … 5 laps

31. Justin Jennings … 169.009 … 3 laps

32. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 168.703 … 4 laps

33. Travis Kvapil … 168.366 … 3 laps

34. Jordan Anderson … 168.319 … 11 laps

35. Ryan Ellis … 166.893 … 8 laps

36. Norm Benning … 156.042 … 5 laps

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average

1. Brad Keselowski … 175.424 mph

2. Brandon Brown … 169.884

3. Todd Peck … 166.360