NCWTS: Hemric Paces Lone Truck Practice at Homestead; Looking to End Season With Win

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Report by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman — Jeff Curry/Getty Images photo —

Looking to end his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a victory, Daniel Hemric got his Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway off to a solid start by leading the division’s one and only practice session at the 1.5-mile oval.

Hemric, from Kannapolis, N.C., toured the South Florida track at a clip of 31.970 seconds (168.908 mph) to top the 36 trucks that made laps during the two-and-a-half hour period. He will be making his final start in the No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports this weekend before he and the sponsor move to Brad Keselowski Racing for the 2016 NCWTS campaign.

The three remaining Truck title contenders were glued right together on the speed charts as well, led by second-place points man Tyler Reddick (-19), who ran a lap of 31.986 seconds (168.824 mph) to slot in right behind Hemric and give himself momentum heading into Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).

Spencer Gallagher was third (32.063/168.418) with Reddick’s two rivals, Matt Crafton and Erik Jones, rounding out the top five.

Crafton’s No. 88 Menards Toyota soared around Homestead in 32.248 seconds (167.452 mph) to hold down the fourth spot on the pylon, and Jones’ workman-like consistency paid off with the fifth-fastest lap (32.249/167.447), just one one-thousandth (0.001) of a second behind Crafton.

If Jones finishes 15th or better on Friday night, no matter what either Reddick or Crafton does, he will clinch his first NCWTS title and the first driver’s title in the series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, which is a three-time owner’s champion in the Truck Series.

John Hunter Nemechek, Christopher Bell, Timothy Peters, Ben Kennedy and David Gilliland capped off the top 10 in practice speeds.

Dirt sprint car and midget star Rico Abreu was 19th-quick ahead of his second Truck start, and first on a mile-and-a-half intermediate track, this weekend.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying kicks off at 4 p.m. ET, with live coverage on FOX Sports 1.


RESULTS: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; Final Practice; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Nov. 20, 2015

  1.  Daniel Hemric
  2. Tyler Reddick
  3. Spencer Gallagher
  4. Matt Crafton
  5. Erik Jones
  6. John Hunter Nemechek
  7. Christopher Bell
  8. Timothy Peters
  9. Ben Kennedy
  10. David Gilliland
  11. Austin Theriault
  12. Cameron Hayley
  13. Johnny Sauter
  14. John Wes Townley
  15. Daniel Suarez
  16. Mason Mingus
  17. Scott Lagasse Jr.
  18. Brandon Jones
  19. Rico Abreu
  20. Jesse Little
  21. Brandon Brown
  22. Tyler Young
  23. Ray Black Jr.
  24. Kyle Weatherman
  25. Travis Kvapil
  26. David Levine
  27. Timmy Hill
  28. Dexter Stacey
  29. Bobby Pierce
  30. Ross Kenseth
  31. Garrett Smithley
  32. Jordan Anderson
  33. Todd Peck
  34. Norm Benning
  35. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  36. Korbin Forrister


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Jacob Seelman is the Managing Editor of Race Chaser Online and creator of the Motorsports Madness radio show, airing at 7 p.m. Eastern every Monday on the Performance Motorsports Network. Seelman grew up in the sport, watching his grandparents co-own the RaDiUs Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series team in the 1990s.

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