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Playoff Drivers Sweep Truck Practices at Bristol

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The playoff drivers in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series swept both practices for the Food City 200.

Tyler Ankrum was fastest in the first session at Bristol Motor Speedway. The David Gilliland Racing – Crosley Group driver ran a 15.178 second, 126.420 MPH lap in the No. 17 May’s Hawaii Toyota Tundra. Ross Chastain was second fastest, with a 15.249 second, 125.831 MPH lap.

Matt Crafton, Raphael Lessard, and Brett Moffitt rounded out the top-five. The rest of the top-10 included Sam Mayer, Johnny Sauter, Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, and Stewart Friesen. Austin Hill was the only playoff driver not inside the top-10 on the speed charts, mired back in 18th.

Other notables included Chandler Smith 11th, Ben Rhodes 12th, Todd Gilliland 13th, Harrison Burton 16th, Natalie Decker 19th, and John Hunter Nemechek in 21st.

Hill improved his speed in the second session, topping the speed charts with a 15.189 second, 126.328 MPH lap. His No. 16 Toyota Tsusho Toyota Tundra edged out Mayer by 0.028 seconds.

Fellow playoff drivers Moffitt, Friesen, and Sauter rounded out the top-five. Ankrum, Lessard, Creed, Burton, and Crafton rounded out the top-10. Enfinger, the regular season champion, was 12th in the second session. Chastain was the slowest of the playoff drivers in 20th.

Other notables included Smith 11th, Parker Kligerman 13th, Rhodes 14th, Nemechek 17th, and Gilliland 18th.

Burton ran the most laps in practice, completing 73 circuits in the second session.

The only incident that took place in either practice session for the UNOH 200 happened in the first session when Angela Ruch spun off turn four. Her No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado nudged the inside wall and resulted in minimal damage.

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.