CONCORD, N.C. — Christopher Bell was both first and 10th in Thursday’s opening round of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the truck that topped the charts was certainly the one that Bell preferred to have sitting there.
Case in point: it was his own.
Taking laps in both the No. 4 SiriusXM Toyota Tundra, as well as boss Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra, Bell posted a best time of 29.664 seconds (182.039 mph) in his own mount to lead a 30-truck class at the 1.5-mile quad-oval.
The fast lap for Bell came on his 19th and final circuit in the 55-minute round.
Rookie Chase Briscoe was second-fastest, as well as the fastest Ford in the session, timing in at 29.684 seconds (181.916 mph) in his first race-weekend appearance at CMS.
Four Toyotas filled out the top half dozen, led by near-Kansas winner Ben Rhodes in third (29.808/181.159).
Red Horse Racing’s Brett Moffitt landed fourth, followed by Rhodes’ ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton in fifth and sixth.
Kaz Grala’s GMS Racing entry was the fastest Chevrolet in seventh, with Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 51 Toyota (Bell) completing the top 10.
Soon-to-be high school graduate Austin Cindric was 14th and NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Brandon Jones ended up a disappointing 22nd on the speed charts.
Final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off at 7 p.m. ET.
Full practice results can be viewed on the next page…