NCWTS: Byron Fastest in First Friday Truck Practice

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A five-week break had NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers feeling restless, but drivers were back on track in Martinsville this morning for their first practice of the day.

It was a gloomy morning session with dark clouds surrounding the track and possible rain on the horizon, but that didn’t stop William Byron from putting down the fastest lap of the morning. Byron was the first driver to break into the 19-second bracket. Byron ran a lap of 19.868, edging out Timothy Peters who ran a 19.995.

Kyle Busch put down the third fastest lap in practice. Busch comes into the weekend with two chances to win a grandfather clock. Busch has never won at Martinsville in any series, and looks to sweep the weekend.

A two-time Martinsville winner was fourth in practice this morning. Johnny Sauter won here in 2011 and 2013 for ThorSport Racing, but now comes to the track with a different team. Sauter already has one win this season with his new team GMS Racing at Daytona.

Rookie Cole Custer was fifth in practice. Custer had one of the fastest trucks at Martinsville in the spring race last year before getting spun out late in the going by Matt Crafton. Custer looks for redemption this weekend.

Tyler Young finished the session in sixth followed by Matt Crafton, Daniel Hemric, Ben Rhodes and Kyle Larson. Larson is making his first start of the season in a fourth GMS Racing truck. He is expected to run at least three or four more races in the No. 24 truck for GMS this season.

The session was mostly incident free with a red flag coming out late in the session for the stalled No. 10 truck of Claire Decker just before the entrance of pit road.

Only 35 trucks made a lap in practice. Cousins Paige and Natalie Decker opted out of the morning session along with rookie Bryce Napier.

With 38 trucks at Martinsville, six will not race tomorrow afternoon.

POS DRIVER LAPS FAST SPEED FAST TIME BEHIND
1 #9 William Byron 34 95.309 19.868 Leader
2 #17 Timothy Peters 32 94.704 19.995 0.127
3 #18 Kyle Busch 12 94.190 20.104 0.236
4 #21 Johnny Sauter 28 94.181 20.106 0.238
5 #00 Cole Custer 30 94.176 20.107 0.239
6 #2 Tyler Young 33 94.045 20.135 0.267
7 #88 Matt Crafton 34 94.022 20.140 0.272
8 #19 Daniel Hemric 33 93.915 20.163 0.295
9 #41 Ben Rhodes 35 93.826 20.182 0.314
10 #124 Kyle Larson 23 93.719 20.205 0.337
11 #8 John Hunter Nemechek 33 93.705 20.208 0.340
12 #11 Ben Kennedy 48 93.692 20.211 0.343
13 #13 Cameron Hayley 35 93.562 20.239 0.371
14 #29 Tyler Reddick 42 93.451 20.263 0.395
15 #98 Rico Abreu 43 93.410 20.272 0.404
16 #33 Kaz Grala 51 93.336 20.288 0.420
17 #4 Christopher Bell 37 93.285 20.299 0.431
18 #23 Spencer Gallagher 35 93.166 20.325 0.457
19 #5 John Wes Townley 40 93.084 20.343 0.475
20 #51 Daniel Suarez 28 92.869 20.390 0.522
21 #92 Parker Kligerman 26 92.619 20.445 0.577
22 #186 Brandon Brown 23 92.583 20.453 0.585
24 #81 Ryan Truex 30 92.493 20.473 0.605
25 #78 Chris Fontaine 30 92.106 20.559 0.691
26 #7 Shane Lee 48 92.003 20.582 0.714
27 #49 Timmy Hill 9 91.847 20.617 0.749
28 #266 Jordan Anderson 48 91.615 20.669 0.801
29 #171 Mike Bliss 11 91.505 20.694 0.826
30 #144 Tommy Joe Martins 7 91.192 20.765 0.897
31 #50 Travis Kvapil 9 91.152 20.774 0.906
32 #6 Norm Benning 10 90.313 20.967 1.099
33 #63 Spencer Boyd 21 90.009 21.038 1.170
35 #10 Claire Decker 2 69.386 27.291 7.423
36 #74 Paige Decker 0 0.000 0.000
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