NASCAR Trucks to round out Daytona testing this week

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NASCAR Preseason Thunder continues for two more days this week with 21 NASCAR Camping World Trucks in action at Daytona International Speedway.

A mix of 2013 holdovers and a handful of new names are on the list. Some of the standout names to keep an eye on throughout 2014 include defending series champion Matt Crafton, Turner Scott Motorsports’ pair of Jeb Burton and Ben Kennedy, Penske prodigy Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racing), veterans Timothy Peters and Joey Coulter, and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Darrell Wallace Jr.

The full list of those testing today and tomorrow is below:

#07-Jimmy Weller/Michel Disdier/Todd Peck (SS Green Light Racing) 
#4-Jeb Burton (Turner Scott Motorsports)
#7-John Wes Townley (Red Horse Racing) 
#10-Jennifer Jo Cobb (Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)
#13-Ross Chastain (ThorSport Racing)
#17-Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing)
#19-Tyler Reddick (Brad Keselowski Racing)
#21-Joey Coulter (GMS Racing)
#24-Brennan Newberry (NTS Motorsports)
#28-Ryan Ellis/Clay Rogers (FDNY Racing)
#29-Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racing)
#31-Ben Kennedy(Turner Scott Motorsports)
#35-Mason Mingus (WinTron Racing) 
#39-Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing)
#51-Kyle Busch (Kyle Busch Motorsports) 
#54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Kyle Busch Motorsports) 
#63-Justin Jennings (Justin Jennings Racing)
#77-German Quiroga (Red Horse Racing) 
#82-Sean Corr (Empire Racing) 
#88-Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) 
#98-Johnny Sauter (ThorSport Racing)

Carb Day: Tony Kanaan is fastest in final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500

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Tony Kanaan wants to put legendary driver and team owner A.J. Foyt back into Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan took a big step toward achieving that goal in Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Kanaan was fastest of the 33-driver field, with a best lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 227.791 mph, more than 2 mph faster than the second-fastest driver, Kanaan’s former teammate, Scott Dixon (225.684 mph).

Foyt won a record-tying four Indy 500’s as a driver. It’s been nearly 20 years since he also won as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

Marco Andretti was third-fastest (225.200 mph), followed by Sebastien Bourdais (224.815), Charlie Kimball (224.712), 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato (224.083), Will Power (223.942), Danica Patrick (223.653), Spencer Pigot (223.584) and Ed Jones (223.556).

Other notable driver speeds included:

* Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th fastest (223.219 mph).

* Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden was 15th (223.186 mph).

* Helio Castroneves, hoping to earn a record-tying fourth 500 win, was 17th (222.913 mph).

* Graham Rahal was 21st (222.526).

* Former 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was 26th (221.916 mph), followed by rookie Robert Wickens (221.821 mph), carrying the mantle for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with James Hinchcliffe having failed to qualify for the race.

* The biggest surprise was 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was 32nd fastest (221.374 mph).

We’ll have the full speed grid, as well as full driver quotes, shortly. Please check back soon.

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