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Rookie Chandler Smith leads Truck Daytona practice in Toyota domination – The Checkered Flag


For the first time since 21 February 2020 in Las Vegas, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held a practice. On Thursday, before the Cup SeriesBluegreen Vacations Duel, the Trucks ran their only practice session a day before the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. 18-year-old rookie Chandler Smith and his fellow Toyota Tundras nearly swept the top ten as they comprised all but one of the spots.

Smith, who signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports for the full season, led Austin Hill with a lap time of 47.458 and speed of 189.641 mph, the former being just .007 faster. The ThorSport Racing quartet, who had switched to Toyota before the season after three years with Ford, all had spots in the top ten with Johnny Sauter leading in third. Smith’s KBM team-mates Drew Dollar and John Hunter Nemechek—both also new to the team—were fourth and fifth, respectively. Stewart Friesen and his single-truck team were seventh.

David Gilliland owner/driver of David Gilliland Racing and preparing for his first Truck race since 2019, broke up the Toyota party as his Ford was ninth fastest. For the Chevrolet drivers, all four Niece Motorsports members led with the eleventh- through fourteenth-fastest times with Ryan Truex topping them. Defending champion Sheldon Creed was twenty-fifth.

The Toyota practice domination continues Speedweeks’ trend for the Japanese manufacturer. In Tuesday’s Cup Series practice, Toyotas occupied the top five with Bubba Wallace—a former KBM driver—leading the way. The results being clumped by manufacturer in both series comes with little surprise as drivers often use the session to practice drafting with their team-mates.

The practice also saw Jordan Anderson, Clay Greenfield, and Tate Fogleman stall their trucks, which resulted in red flags. Other technical difficulties included Friesen heading to the garage after losing a cylinder and an electrical fire in Spencer Boyd‘s truck. Tim Viens was the only driver to not set a practice time.

Qualifying for Friday night’s NextEra Energy 250 will take place in the afternoon.

Practice results

Position Number Driver Team Manufacturer Best Time Best Speed (mph) Laps
1 18 Chandler Smith Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 47.458 189.641 12
2 16 Austin Hill Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 47.465 189.613 7
3 13 Johnny Sauter ThorSport Racing Toyota 47.477 189.565 10
4 51 Drew Dollar Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 47.482 189.546 5
5 4 John Hunter Nemechek Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 47.499 189.478 15
6 88 Matt Crafton ThorSport Racing Toyota 47.501 189.470 8
7 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 47.505 189.454 10
8 98 Grant Enfinger ThorSport Racing Toyota 47.509 189.438 10
9 17 David Gilliland David Gilliland Racing Ford 47.603 189.064 17
10 99 Ben Rhodes ThorSport Racing Toyota 47.649 188.881 6
11 40 Ryan Truex Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 47.653 188.865 8
12 45 Brett Moffitt Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 47.661 188.834 19
13 42 Carson Hocevar Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 47.665 188.818 14
14 44 James Buescher Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 47.679 188.762 19
15 28 Bryan Dauzat FDNY Racing Chevrolet 47.845 188.107 19
16 21 Zane Smith GMS Racing Chevrolet 48.064 187.250 18
17 24 Raphaël Lessard GMS Racing Chevrolet 48.123 187.021 8
18 11 Spencer Davis Spencer Davis Motorsports Toyota 48.151 186.912 10
19 26 Tyler Ankrum GMS Racing Chevrolet 48.169 186.842 10
20 22 Austin Wayne Self AM Racing Chevrolet 48.173 186.827 15
21 23 Chase Purdy GMS Racing Chevrolet 48.180 186.800 12
22 04 Cory Roper Roper Racing Ford 48.339 186.185 12
23 15 Tanner Gray David Gilliland Racing Ford 48.570 185.300 12
24 20 Spencer Boyd Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 48.879 184.128 5
25 2 Sheldon Creed GMS Racing Chevrolet 49.058 183.456 5
26 96 Todd Peck Peck Motorsports Chevrolet 49.198 182.934 6
27 19 Derek Kraus McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Toyota 49.246 182.756 8
28 1 Hailie Deegan David Gilliland Racing Ford 49.353 182.360 8
29 02 Kris Wright Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 49.412 182.142 10
30 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 49.415 182.131 12
31 56 Gus Dean Hill Motorsports Chevrolet 49.521 181.741 2
32 3 Jordan Anderson* Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 49.796 180.737 4
33 12 Tate Fogleman Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 49.939 180.220 5
34 30 Danny Bohn On Point Racing Toyota 50.001 179.996 5
35 38 Todd Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 50.012 179.957 4
36 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Chevrolet 50.155 179.444 4
37 75 Parker Kligerman Henderson Motorsports Chevrolet 50.272 179.026 5
38 9 Codie Rohrbaugh CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet 50.277 179.008 3
39 25 Timothy Peters Rackley WAR Chevrolet 50.331 178.816 8
40 8 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Ford 50.385 178.625 5
41 34 Jesse Iwuji Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota 51.006 176.450 3
42 41 Dawson Cram Cram Racing Enterprises Chevrolet 51.007 176.446 4
43 33 Jason White Reaume Brothers Racing Chevrolet 51.062 176.256 8
44 49 Ray Ciccarelli CMI Motorsports Chevrolet 51.204 175.768 8
45 68 Clay Greenfield Clay Greenfield Motorsports Toyota 52.570 171.200 2
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for Truck points



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