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Burton tops combined Trucks practice at Texas

June 06, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Jeb Burton

Sauter, who swept in 2012, runs second-best speed

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FORT WORTH -- Jeb Burton made his way to the top of the leaderboard on his sixth lap Thursday afternoon in the only practice for the WinStar World Casino 400 and held his ground for the rest of the session.

Burton turned a best speed of 180.971 mph in a combined practice session after rain delayed the start of the first practice. The No. 4 Arrowhead Chevrolet also made the most circuits on the track, running 52 practice laps.

Burton, who already has three poles in his first full Camping World Truck Series season, will make his race debut at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday evening.

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Johnny Sauter, who swept both races on the 1.5-mile track last year, was the only other driver to turn a lap above 180, hitting 180.656 mph on his third lap for a best lap of 29.891 seconds.

Timothy Peters took the final spot in the top three on his last lap of 25, with Chad Hackenbracht and current points leader Matt Crafton rounding out the top five.

The combined practice session saw two yellow flags, both for a drizzle from the clouds that hovered over the track throughout the afternoon. At the time of the first caution, Brendan Gaughan held the third-fastest speed behind Burton and Sauter. Gaughan has the most wins at Texas among active drivers, having swept two years in a row at the track in 2002-03. Ron Hornaday Jr., who finished 13th, has three wins at the track, most recently in 2011.

Last week's pole winner, Darrell Wallace Jr., was 18th-fastest. Reigning series Champion James Buescher finished 14th on the leaderboard.

Qualifying for the WinStar World Casino 400 will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

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