Byron, Rhodes And Custer Lead The Way In Martinsville Practice

by April 1, 2016

RIDGEWAY, Va. – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series had three practice sessions at Martinsville Speedway on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

In opening practice, it was 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, William Byron leading the way after clocking a lap of 19.868 seconds at 95.309 mph. Series veteran, Timothy Peters was second on the speed chart, followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter.

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Christopher Bell had the best 10 consecutive lap average with a speed of 92.676 mph. Brad Keselowski Racing’s Tyler Reddick was second with an average speed of 92.406 mph. Kaz Grala rounded out the top-three with an average speed of 92.297 mph.

Ben Rhodes, who is also a past champion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East topped the speed chart in second practice. He ran a lap of 19.839 seconds at 95.448 mph. William Byron had another strong performance as he finished out the session is second. Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick and Spencer Gallagher rounded out the top-five.

Not only did Custer have the third fastest lap in the session, but he also had the best 10 consecutive lap average with a speed of 93.570 mph. Ben Kennedy was second with an average speed of 93.286 mph, and Matt Crafton was fourth with an average speed of 93.088 mph.

Col Custer continued his forward moving progress and topped the speed chart in final practice with a lap time of 19.788 mph at 95.694 mph. John Hunter Nemechek, who won this year’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway ended the session in second. Once again, Ben Rhodes was inside the top-three as the clocked the third fastest lap. Kyle Busch was fourth, and Spencer Gallagher was fifth.

With an average speed of 93.793 mph, Kyle Busch had the best 10 consecutive lap average in final practice. Kyle Larson followed him with an average speed of 93.416 mph, and John Nemechek was third with an average speed of 93.394 mph.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will hit the track once again for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday. Qualifying will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 11:15 a.m. The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 will begin at 2:30 p.m., and it’ll also broadcast live on FS1.

First Practice:

1.) #9 William Byron | Liberty University | Toyota | 19.868 seconds | 95.309 mph

2.) #17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing | Toyota | 19.995 seconds | 94.704 mph

3.) #18 Kyle Busch | Toyota | Toyota | 20.104 seconds | 94.190 mph

4.) #21 Johnny Sauter Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff | Chevrolet | 20.106 seconds | 94.181 mph

5.) #00 Cole Custer | Haas Automation | Chevrolet | 20.107 seconds | 94.176 mph

6.) #02 Tyler Young | Randco/Young’s Building Systems | Chevrolet | 20.135 seconds | 94.045 mph

7.) #88 Matt Crafton | Ideal Door/Menards | Toyota | 20.140 seconds | 94.022 mph

8.) #19 Daniel Hemric | California Clean | Ford | 20.163 seconds | 93.915 mph

9.) #41 Ben Rhodes | Alpha Energy Solutions | Toyota | 20.182 seconds | 93.826 mph

10.) #24 Kyle Larson | McDonald’s | Chevrolet | 20.205 seconds | 93.719 mph

 

Second Practice:

1.) #41 Ben Rhodes | Alpha Energy Solutions | Toyota | 19.839 Seconds | 95.448 mph

2.) #9 William Byron | Liberty University | Toyota | 19.856 seconds | 95.367 mph

3.) #00 Cole Custer | Haas Automation | Chevrolet | 19.901 seconds | 95.151 mph

4.) #29 Tyler Reddick | Cooper Standard | Ford | 19.905 seconds | 95.132 mph

5.) #23 Spencer Gallagher | Alamo | Chevrolet | 19.915 seconds | 95.084 mph

6.) #33 Kaz Grala | Allegiant Travel | Chevrolet | 19.922 seconds | 95.051 mph

7.) #88 Matt Crafton | Ideal Door/Menards | Toyota | 19.930 seconds | 95.013 mph

8.) #17 Timothy Peters | Red Horse Racing | Toyota | 19.950 seconds | 94.917 mph

9.) #19 Daniel Hemric | California Clean Power | Ford | 20.033 seconds | 94.524 mph

10.) #51 Daniel Suarez | ARRIS | Toyota | 20.052 seconds | 94.435 mph

 

Final Practice:

1.) #00 Cole Custer | Haas Automation | Chevrolet | 19.788 seconds | 95.694 mph

2.) #8 John Hunter Nemechek | Chevrolet | 19.826 seconds | 95.511 mph

3.) #41 Ben Rhodes | Alpha Energy Solutions | Toyota | 19.837 seconds | 95.458 mph

4.) #18 Kyle Busch | Toyota | Toyota | 19.863 seconds | 95.333 mph

5.) #23 Spencer Gallagher | Alamo | Chevrolet | 19.881 seconds | 95.247 mph

6.) #51 Daniel Suarez | ARRIS | Toyota | 19.897 seconds | 95.170 mph

7.) #33 Kaz Grala | Allegiant Travel | Chevrolet | 19.904 seconds | 95.137 mph

8.) #9 William Byron | Liberty University | Toyota | 19.970 seconds | 94.822 mph

9.) #24 Kyle Larson | McDonald’s | Chevrolet | 19.974 seconds | 94.803 mph

10.) #21 Johnny Sauter | Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff | Chevrolet | 19.993 seconds | 94.713 mph

 

Photo Credit: Camille Jones