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Truck practice report at Iowa

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Harrison Burton was the fastest in Saturday’s final Camping World Truck Series practice at Iowa Speedway.

Burton posted a lap of 134.202 mph. He was followed by Dalton Sargeant (133.849 mph), Johnny Sauter (133.378), Stewart Friesen (133.074) and Todd Gilliland (132.917).

Burton also had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 130.603 mph.

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FIRST PRACTICE

Justin Haley led the way in the first of two Camping World Truck Series practices Saturday at Iowa Speedway.

Haley posted a lap of 134.294 mph. He was followed by Cody Coughlin (134.248 mph), Brett Moffitt (133.554), Dalton Sargeant (133.469) and Todd Gilliland (133.328). Stewart Friesen had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 130.333 mph.

The Truck Series has a second practice and qualifying before its race at 7 p.m. ET today.

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Harrison Burton scores ARCA victory at Pocono

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In his first ARCA race on a superspeedway, Harrison Burton won the General Tire #AnywhereisPossible 200 on Friday at Pocono Raceway.

The victory is Burton’s second career ARCA triumph (he won at Toledo Speedway in May 2017). The 17-year-old son of NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton started 12th in the 30-car field. Sheldon Creed placed second and was followed by Zane Smith, Travis Braden and Riley Herbst.

Harrison Burton, Creed and Smith swept the top three spots for MDM Motorsports.

“I’m kind of speechless,” Burton told Fox Sports 2 in Victory Lane. “This one is for John Andretti. He’s a really close family friend for us. He’s going through a tough time, but he’s the toughest guy I’ve ever met.”

Andretti revealed earlier this week that his colon cancer had returned and spread.

Burton has made two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. He finished fifth at Dover and eighth at Martinsville. He’s limited in the tracks he can run in NASCAR because he is under 18.

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Truck Series to be rebranded NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019

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Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World Holdings, announced on an earnings call Tuesday morning plans “to rebrand the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starting with the 2019 season.”

Lemonis said: “Camping World’s NASCAR sponsorship has been very successful. We expect the passionate fans of NASCAR, who likely line up even more than our Camping World customers, to embrace Gander Outdoors and the outdoor active lifestyle, the same way they’ve supported Camping World over the last 15 years.”

Camping World acquired the assets of Gander Mountain Company through a bankruptcy auction in April 2017.

Camping World has sponsored the Truck Series since 2009. In 2014, Camping World signed a seven-year sponsorship agreement through the 2022 season. The remaining years of the deal remain intact even with the name change. Gander Outdoors will sponsor the July 28 Truck race at Pocono Raceway and the July 29 Cup race there.

Also, as part of the expanded agreement, Camping World partner brands Overton’s and The House Outdoor Gear will also receive official NASCAR status.

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Former driver Rick Crawford to be released into home confinement in child sex case

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Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rick Crawford was released from federal custody Friday.

Crawford had been held without bail since being arrested February 28 in an FBI sting outside Orlando, Florida. He was held on a federal charge of attempting to entice a minor into sex.

Crawford appeared Thursday in front of Justice Roy B. Dalton Jr., in the U.S. Courthouse for the Middle District of Florida in Orlando. Crawford entered a plea of not guilty.

The Judge ordered Crawford to be released Friday morning – after he surrenders his passport – into the custody of his aunt and uncle, whose names were not identified in the court order, but who live in Mobile, Alabama, Crawford’s hometown.

According to William C. Daniels, Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Crawford will be held on home confinement at his aunt and uncle’s residence until his trial.

Crawford, 59, is subject to several conditions including GPS monitoring, no unsupervised contact with minors, no access to the Internet, no possession of child pornography, no possession of media storage devices or devices which may encrypt content and no possession of firearms.

A status hearing for Crawford will be held April 19 at the Orlando federal courthouse. Justice Dalton will preside.

Barring any delays or requests for extensions, Crawford is slated to go to trial on May 7 at 9 a.m. ET, in the Orlando federal courthouse. Justice Dalton will preside.

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Truck practice report at Atlanta

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Noah Gragson topped the field Friday in the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Gragson had a lap of 178.775 mph.

After him was Ben Rhodes (177.499 mph), Justin Haley (176.848), Jesse Little (176.493) and Dalton Sargeant (176.364).

There were no incidents in the session.

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Practice 1

Justin Haley was the fastest in the first of two practices. He had a top lap of 178.029 mph.

Daytona winner Johnny Sauter was second with a lap of 177.040 mph. He was followed by Myatt Snider (177.040 mph), Stewart Friesen (176.995) and Noah Gragson (176.589).

There were no incidents in the session.

Final Truck practice will be from 4:05 – 4:50 p.m. ET.

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