Gale makes his mark in final Truck practice
June 27, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
SPARTA, Ky. -- Cale Gale, making his first appearance of the season behind the wheel, led the final practice for NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series at Kentucky Speedway, the site of tonight’s UNOH 225.
Gale, who closed the 2012 season with his first career win in the series at Homestead, Fla., paced the 90-minute session with a fast lap of 174.961 mph in the No. 30 Rheem Chevrolet fielded by Turner Scott Motorsports.
Timothy Peters was second-fastest among the 35 trucks participating, with a lap of 174.509 mph. Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Jeb Burton and German Quiroga Jr. finished third and fourth, respectively. John Wes Townley completed the top five.
Sixth through 10th were Joey Coulter, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Miguel Palludo. Wallace topped the speed chart in the opening practice.
Series points leader Matt Crafton checked in 17th overall while Kyle Busch was 16th.
Busch will be looking for his third consecutive win in the series, following victories at Charlotte and Dover. He did not compete in the series’ last stop, at Texas.
The series’ record for consecutive wins (5) is held by Ron Hornaday Jr.
Both Busch and Keselowski are competing in all three events (Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup series) here this weekend. Busch is the only driver to win all three events during a single weekend -- having done so at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2010.
Qualifying for the series’ eighth race is scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m. ET, with tonight’s UNOH 225 getting under way at 8 p.m. ET (150 laps, SPEED).