Rain washes out almost all Truck Series practice Thursday, qualifying cancelled; Kyle Busch looks for 4th win in 5 starts

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All but 10 minutes of a combined 150 scheduled minutes of practice (over two sessions, one for one hour and the other for 90 minutes) for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series were rained out Thursday at Dover International Speedway.

As a result, NASCAR officials cancelled Friday’s qualifying for that evening’s Lucas Oil 200 and set the starting field for the race, the fifth of the season, via the rule book.

NASCAR will allow trucks drivers to use the originally scheduled time for qualifying on Friday – 12:40 pm ET until about 1:45 pm ET – as the one and only full practice session prior to that evening’s race.

Only 26 of the 35 trucks entered into the event managed to get on the one-mile high-banked concrete oval for 10 minutes before rain fell once again.

Kyle Busch, whose team is atop the owners points, will start from the pole. Busch has won three of the first four races in the NCWTS this season, and is also the defending champion of this race from last season.

In addition, Busch took advantage of the small amount of time on the track Thursday, laying down the fastest lap at 156.488 mph.

Per series rules, current points leader Matt Crafton will start on the outside pole. German Quiroga Jr. and Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters will start from the third and fourth positions, while Tyler Reddick will start from the fifth spot.

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Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”