Johnny Sauter is fastest in both Truck practices at Texas


Johnny Sauter may be from Wisconsin, but he was right at home during both NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practices Thursday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sauter was fastest in the first practice (180.114 mph), followed by Timothy Peters (179.545), Jeb Burton (179.438), Brennan Newberry (179.354) and Martinsville winner Darrell Wallace Jr. (179.265).

Other notable drivers and speeds in the first practice were German Quiroga (eighth-fastest at 178.619), Truck series points leader Matt Crafton (10th, 178.424), Ryan Blaney (12th, 177.971) and Joey Coulter (18th, 173.461).

Only 25 drivers and their trucks took to the high-speed 1.5-mile track in the opening practice.

Then came the second practice, and for Sauter, a two-time winner at TMS, it was second verse, same as the first.

Sauter was just a hair faster (180.186 mph) in the second session than the first, again pacing the field – which grew to 30 trucks/drivers.

Burton was second-fastest (179.952 mph), followed by Peters (179.826), Kyle Busch (179.641), Crafton (179.223), Newberry (179.116), Cameron Hayley (179.027), Ben Kennedy (178.778), Quiroga (178.471) and Bryan Silas (178.224) as 10th-fastest.

Other notable drivers in the second session and their speeds were Wallace (11th, 178.200 mph), Ron Hornaday Jr. (13th, 177.977), Blaney (15th, 177.772) and Coulter (16th, 177.614).

There are no additional practices scheduled.

Qualifying will take place Friday afternoon at 3:15 pm ET.

The WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 Truck Series race will take place Friday at 8:30 pm ET.

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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.