Closing in on title, Matt Crafton fastest in first Truck practice at Homestead

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Matt Crafton isn’t going to rest on his laurels.

In the driver’s seat to win the Camping World Truck Series championship, Crafton went right to work towards achieving that goal in the first of two Truck practices Thursday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The defending NCWTS champ and looking to make it two titles in a row, Crafton was the fastest in the first practice with a top run of 166.728 mph around the 1.5-mile facility in South Florida.

Tyler Reddick, who has been especially hot of late, continued to do so, recording the second-fastest speed of 166.359 mph.

Ryan Blaney, the only driver with a chance to catch Crafton for the Truck championship, was third-fastest at 166.241 mph, followed by Johnny Sauter (165.792) and German Quiroga Jr. (165.527).

Blaney comes into Friday’s race 26 points behind Crafton.

Sixth through 10th were Ben Kennedy (165.441), Jeb Burton (165.396), John Wes Townley (164.725), Ross Chastain (164.199) and Timothy Peters (164.154).

Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson was 11th fastest (163.865), followed by Austin Hill (162.916), Tayler Malsam (162.911), Spencer Gallagher (162.264), Daniel Hemric (161.943), Bryan Silas (161.749), Mason Mingus (161.421), Tyler Young (161.160), Joey Coulter (160.604) and Matt Tifft (160.414).

A total of only 25 trucks took to the track for practice. The other five speeds recorded were Mason Mitchell (159.011), Justin Jennings (158.270), Ray Black Jr. (157.738), Kyle Martel (156.449) and Derek White (154.048).

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