Paludo, Dillon top Trucks practices at Las Vegas
September 28, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Related: Full practice results
LAS VEGAS -- Ty Dillon capped a strong morning on the track by topping the leaderboard in the final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Dillon, who was second on the speed chart in the opening session, sped to the top of the leaderboard during final practice with a speed of 176.482 mph. James Buescher was behind Dillon in second place at 176.051 mph, and he finished third in the opening session.
Brennan Newberry joined Dillon and Buescher as drivers to finish in the top five of both practice sessions following his third-place run (175.816 mph) in the final session. Newberry had previously finished fifth in the opening practice.
Justin Lofton was fourth in the final practice (175.770 mph) and sixth in the opening session, and Timothy Peters finished fifth (175.251 mph) in the final session before qualifying for tonight's Smith's 350 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Qualifying is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. ET.
Miguel Paludo, who led the opening practice in a session that was halted twice for on-track incidents, finished 13th in the second practice. Currently sixth in the points standings, the driver is gunning for his first top-10 at Vegas on his third attempt.
Rounding out the top 10 in the second session were: sixth-place Ross Chastain (175.222 mph), Max Gresham (175.188 mph) and Jeb Burton (175.188 mph), Brendan Gaughan (175.109 mph) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (174.921 mph). Chastain, Gaughan and Hornaday also finished in the top 10 in the first session.
Burton's eighth-place run came in his backup truck. The opening 75-minute practice was halted after nearly 30 minutes when Burton got into the wall early, forcing the No. 4 Turner Scott Motorsports team to roll out the backup truck. During the break between the two practice sessions, the crew successfully took the motor from the first truck and installed it into the backup.
The bigger incident in the first session came 15 minutes later, when German Quiroga Jr. blew a right front tire and drilled the wall in Turn 2. Quiroga's smack brought out the fire and medical crew, but he climbed out of his No. 77 Toyota unharmed and was treated and released from the medical center. His dented truck, however, needed a tow off the track, and his Red Horse Racing team confirmed it would use its backup truck.
Quiroga finished the first practice 18th, then 20th in the second session.
Series points leader Matt Crafton slow-played his first session, staying in the garage through the opening 30 minutes before finally rolling out onto the track in his No. 88 Chevrolet. Once on the track, he didn't crack the top 10 until a late lap of 175.018 mph put him fourth. He finished 12th in the second session.