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Saturday’s schedule for Trucks, Xfinity at Iowa Speedway

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The Cup Series may be off this weekend, but there’ll be plenty of racing action at Iowa Speedway on Saturday and Sunday for both the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Xfinity Series.

Today’s schedule at the 7/8-mile paved oval in Newton, Iowa will feature a one-day show for the Truck Series, including two practices, qualifying and the M&Ms 200 race under the lights.

The Truck Series race will be the second round of the Triple Truck Challenge. The race winner will claim a $50,000 bonus.

The Xfinity Series will also have two practices today in preparation for Sunday’s qualifying, followed by the CircuitCity.com 250 race.

wunderground.com forecasts a high of 84 degrees today. There is a 50 percent chance of rain at the start of the Truck Series race with a temperature of 76 degrees.

Here’s today’s schedule with TV and radio info:

(All times are Eastern)

8 a.m. – Truck Series garage opens

9:30 – 11 a.m. – Truck Series practice (No TV)

11:30 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (No TV)

Noon – 10 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (FS1)

5:35 p.m. – Truck qualifying; single truck/two laps (FS2)

6:45 p.m. – Truck driver-crew chief meeting

7 – 7:50 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS1)

8 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

8:30 p.m. – M&M’s 200; 200 laps/175 miles (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Natalie Decker adds six Truck Series races to schedule

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Natalie Decker will race deeper into the Gander Outdoors Truck Series season with the addition of six races to her schedule, DGR-Crosley announced Tuesday.

The 21-year-old driver will compete in 17 races in the No. 54 Toyota with support from N29 Technologies.

Decker competed in the first three races of the year and earned a best finish of 13th at Las Vegas.

Her schedule includes all but four of the remaining races. Decker will not be in the truck at Eldora, Talladega, Michigan and Canada. The Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will take the place of the ARCA race there.

Decker will still run the ARCA race at Talladega.

“I’m so excited to add more races with DGR-Crosley,” Decker said in a press release. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be with this team. David [Gilliland] does such a great job with putting the right people in the right positions, and I’m learning so much and enjoy working with Frank [Kerr, crew chief] and all my guys.

“I didn’t think that I would be racing this much this year in the Trucks, but I’m so excited that we are. I love competing in the Truck Series – it’s challenging but so fun. Looking forward to continuing to learn as much as possible and putting together solid finishes. This year is all about learning and getting experience.”

Greg Biffle to make NASCAR return in June Truck Series race in Texas

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Former Cup Series driver Greg Biffle will return to NASCAR in three months, competing for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the June 7 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

To prepare for the race, Biffle will share Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Toyota during practice today at the 1.5-mile track.

Busch will drive the No. 51 for a majority of the two practice sessions, which run from 4:05 – 4:55 p.m. ET and 6:05 -6:55 p.m. ET. There is no TV coverage.

Biffle, 49, hasn’t competed in NASCAR since the end of the 2016 season when he parted ways with Roush Fenway Racing.

“As we were putting the finishing touches on our driver lineup for this year, we found ourselves looking for someone to drive the No. 51 Tundra in the June race and we are fortunate to be putting a driver of Greg’s caliber behind the wheel,” Busch said in a press release. “I’ve been friends with Greg for a long time and we’ve always joked about how it would be cool for him to drive trucks again. When this opportunity came about the talks got serious and we both decided it was smart decision.

“Not only is he capable of stepping right in and getting another win for the No. 51 team as we work towards the Owner’s Championship, he will also be an experienced teammate for Harrison (Burton) and Todd (Gilliland) to lean on that weekend as they try to secure a spot in the playoffs and pursue another Truck Series Driver’s Championship for our organization. Once we worked things out with Greg to race for us in the June event, we made a last-minute decision for him to get in the truck and make some laps in practice today and began working on getting all of the proper approvals and paperwork completed so that he is able to do so.”

A 16-time winner in the Truck Series and the 2000 series champion, Biffle hasn’t competed in a truck since the 2004 season finale in Miami. He won at Texas in 2000.

“I’ve always said that I would return to NASCAR in the right situation and when Kyle and I started talking about that KBM needed a driver for the June Texas race I felt like this was the right opportunity to return to the track and I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to drive such good equipment,” Biffle said in a press release. “I started my career in the Truck Series and it was one of the greatest times of my life, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to get back behind the wheel of a truck.”

Biffle said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint” that he and Busch had talks after the 2016 season about a possible full-time ride in the Truck Series, but that he wasn’t ready for that commitment at the time.

Biffle’s sponsor for the June 7 race will be announced later.

NASCAR Truck practice report from Las Vegas

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Matt Crafton posted the fastest lap in Thursday’s final practice session for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Crafton ran a lap of 179.922 mph.

He was followed by Johnny Sauter (179.718 mph), Brett Moffitt (179.689), Sheldon Creed (179.110) and Kyle Busch (178.359).

Creed had the fastest average over 10 consecutive laps at 177.181 mph. Moffitt was next at 176.471 mph.

Click here for final practice report

The Truck series races at 9 p.m. ET Friday.

First practice

Johnny Sauter was fastest in the first of two practices Thursday.

Sauter was one of only three drivers over 178 mph, leading the way with a speed of 178.696 mph.

Ben Rhodes was second, hitting 178.577 mph in the final minute of the session, followed by Sheldon Creed (178.083 mph). Harrison Burton was fourth (177.924), followed by Grant Enfinger (177.789).

Click here for the full results of the first practice.