NASCAR: Matt Crafton, Cole Custer top Truck Practice 2 and 3 at Loudon


After Erik Jones bumped him off the top of the time sheets in the first Camping World Truck Series practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, defending series champion Matt Crafton (pictured) went to P1 late in the second practice and stayed there.

Crafton was fastest in Practice 2 with a lap of 132.347 mph in his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra – beating the best from Cameron Hayley (131.433 mph), Gray Gaulding (131.180 mph), Joey Coulter (131.044 mph), and Timothy Peters (130.815). Jones was ninth-fastest (130.385 mph).

With Saturday’s UNOH 175 on the horizon, Crafton leads ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter by a slim margin of five points in this year’s standings. Crafton has never won at New Hampshire, but said this week he was looking forward to taking it on again.

“It’s been two years since the Trucks have raced there, but I’ve had some good runs there in the past; we even got our first pole there in 2005,” Crafton said. “To me the biggest challenge at Loudon is the track itself. It’s tough to run side-by-side because there is really only one preferred groove.

“The challenge is to stay patient and not get caught up in a wreck trying to make something happen.”

Final Truck Series practice took place a mere half-hour after Practice 2 ended, and it was led by 16-year-old Cole Custer and his lap of 133.226 mph.

Following him was Ryan Blaney (-16 points behind Crafton in the championship) in second at 133.007 mph, with Jones in third (132.924 mph), Darrell Wallace Jr. in fourth, and Tyler Reddick in fifth. Crafton was ninth in the final session.

Qualifying takes place tomorrow morning at shortly after 10 a.m. ET, with the aforementioned UNOH 175 going down later in the afternoon around 1 p.m. ET.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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