Bubba Wallace, Erik Jones top Thursday NASCAR Trucks practice

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Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Darrell Wallace Jr. (pictured) and Erik Jones led the way in a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice sessions today at Phoenix International Raceway.

“Bubba” topped the opening practice this afternoon with a lap of 131.569 mph in the No. 54 Toyota Tundra, while Jones – who announced today a full-time deal with KBM and part-time XFINITY Series deal with Joe Gibbs Racing for next season – led the faster second practice this evening with a lap of 134.509 mph in the No. 51 Toyota.

The two main championship contenders, points leader Matt Crafton and Ryan Blaney, were toward the top of the time sheets in the first practice with Blaney in second and Crafton in third.

They slipped back a little bit in the second practice but were still right next to each other: Crafton in seventh, Blaney in eighth. Crafton leads Blaney in the standings by 23 points with two races remaining in the season.

An incident in the second practice will force Red Horse Racing’s German Quiroga to go to a backup truck for Friday’s Truck Series activities at PIR, which include qualifying at 6:45 p.m. ET and the Lucas Oil 150 race at 8:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix – First Practice Times

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix – Second Practice Times